Oregon Youth Study 2

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

This study will shed new light on the persistence and desistance of use of alcohol and other substances in early midadulthood for men from at-risk backgrounds.

Project Overview

Alcohol use in early mid-adulthood is extremely costly at the personal, family, community, and national levels, and is associated with early mortality. Alcohol abuse/dependence is the most common of all disorders for men. The economic costs of alcohol abuse and dependence were estimated at close to $200 billion in the U.S. in 1998. This comprehensive longitudinal study across the lifespan from childhood to mid-adulthood examines the persistence and desistance of use of alcohol and other substances for men from at-risk backgrounds. Using a Dynamic Developmental Systems approach, based on aspects of past and current social-contextual influences, differing adult pathways in the course of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders are modeled, and predictors of the course, including general and specific risk factors within the realms of family, peer, psychopathology, and early to mid-adult risk and social influences, including romantic partner behaviors are examined. In addition, the co-occurring use of other substances (tobacco, marijuana, other illicit drugs, non-prescription and over-the-counter drugs), and gambling behavior are examined. In addition, prediction models of treatment seeking are examined.

Year Project Began: 2009
Year Project Completed: 2014
Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Principal Investigator

Deborah Capaldi, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests