Motivators and Influences on American Indian Adolescent Alcohol Use and Binge Behavior: A Qualitative Exploration

Lauren Tingey, Mary Cwik, Rachel Chambers, Novalene Goklish, Francen Larzelere Hinton, Rosemarie Suttle, Angelita Lee, Melanie Alchesay, Anthony Parker, Mary Allison Barlow

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We explore the four-class drinking motives model within the context of peer and family influence on American Indian (AI) adolescent alcohol use, specifically binge behavior. A qualitative cross-sectional case-control study design was utilized; in-depth interviews were collected with 38 AI adolescents from one tribal community. Results suggest a three-class model more accurately captures drinking motives among cases and that family influence is as important as peer. Cases weren't connected to school whereas controls were strongly attached, and engaged in extracurricular programs. Adolescents illuminated culturally relevant prevention strategies that are family based, teach coping skills, and promote school bonding and structured community-based activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Aug 22 2016



  • adolescent
  • alcohol use
  • American Indian
  • drinking motives model
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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