Child abuse and neglect: Relations to adolescent binge drinking in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth) Study

Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA 02215, United States.
Addictive behaviors (Impact Factor: 2.76). 12/2008; 34(3):277-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.10.023
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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between child maltreatment and adolescent binge drinking. Given that many victimized children have been maltreated in multiple ways, we examine the effects of co-occurrence of multiple types of maltreatment on adolescent binge drinking. We used the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth), which included a nationally representative sample of adolescents (n=12,748). Adolescent binge drinking was defined as five or more drinks in a row at least 2-3 times per month in the past year. Among those reporting any maltreatment, 12.4% reported binge drinking compared to 9.9% among those reporting no maltreatment. Logistic regression models found that child maltreatment is a robust risk factor for adolescent binge drinking controlling for parental alcoholism. In particular, all types of or combinations of types of maltreatment were strongly associated with adolescent binge drinking, controlling for age, gender, race, parental alcoholism and monitoring. Research examining the effect of childhood maltreatment on later alcohol abuse needs to recognize the clustering effects of multiple types of childhood maltreatment on alcohol problems.

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    • "It is well documented that child maltreatment, including assault is associated with a myriad of psychopathology related outcomes across the lifespan, including anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality pathology, eating disorders, and substance use disorders (Ackard and Neumark- Sztainer, 2002; Danielson et al., 2009; Shin et al., 2009; Charak and Koot, 2015). In the past, most studies addressing these associations assessed the impact of a single specific type of maltreatment or assault (e.g., sexual assault) on outcomes rather than assessing the co-occurrence of different types of maltreatment and their cumulative effects. "
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    • "In addition , they are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, have an eating disorder, or attempt suicide (Castillo Mezzich et al., 1997; Kendler et al., 2000; Polusny & Follette, 1995; Rodriguez-Srednicki, 2002). Problematic substance use and early onset of drinking are also associated with early childhood trauma (Douglas et al., 2010; Dube et al., 2006; Epstein et al., 1998; Grayson & Nolen-Hoeksema, 2005; Lo and Cheng, 2007; Polusny & Follette, 1995; Shin et al., 2009; Simpson & Miller, 2002). In one study of 1,411 female adult twins, those who reported childhood sexual assault (30.4%) were at a threefold increased risk of becoming dependent on alcohol or other drugs (Kendler et al., 2000). "
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