CitationRuffin, Beverly A. & Rey, Yasmin (2012). The longitudinal influence of physical activity on adolescent alcohol use. 2012 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractThe purpose of this research was to explore the influence of physical activity on depressive symptomatology and adolescent alcohol use during an underexplored transition from middle school to high school (e.g., 8th to 9th). Data from waves I and II of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health was used (N = 2,054; aged 13-15 years). The sample was ethnically and racially diverse (58.2% White, 24% African American, 11.7% Hispanic, and 6.1% other). Structural equation models were developed to test the potential influence physical activity has on adolescent alcohol use (e.g., frequency of alcohol use and binge alcohol use) and whether the relationship was mediated by depressive sympotomatology or varied as a function of gender. Results demonstrated that there was a significant influence of structured physical activity (e.g., sports) on adolescent alcohol use. However, engaging in structured physical activity appeared to contribute to greater binge drinking among adolescents. Instead of demonstrating a protective feature, the findings suggest that engaging in structured physical activity places adolescents at risk for binge drinking. The findings regarding mediation revealed binge drinking as a mediator between physical activity (structured) and depressive symptomatology. These findings provide support for research, practice, and policy initiatives focused on developing a more comprehensive understanding of alcohol use drinking behaviors among adolescents.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2012 Add Health Users Conference
Author(s)Ruffin, Beverly A.