Transitional stress influences problem alcohol use and emotion regulation in late adolescence: A mixed-methods study
Rates of alcohol use peak during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, a developmental phase that encompasses heightened stress and emotion regulation demands. This mixed methods study examines the influence of a critical developmental transition, high school graduation, on the relationship between problem alcohol use and emotion regulation. High school seniors (N = 117) were surveyed within three months of graduation. Quantitative analyses show that transition stress, but not emotion regulation, predicts alcohol-related problems. Qualitative analyses reveal that adolescent high-risk drinkers engage in a variety of strategies to regulate distress. Implications for adolescent substance misuse prevention programs are discussed.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Cabrera, Korine B. and Palm Reed, Kathleen M., "Transitional stress influences problem alcohol use and emotion regulation in late adolescence: A mixed-methods study" (2020). Psychology. 578.