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September 1966

Drinking Among Teen-Agers.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(3):335. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730150111019

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Drinking Among Teen-Agers is publication No. 4 of the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies (formerly at Yale). The authors, Drs. Maddox and McCall, are both sociologists who studied the process by which teen-agers in a midwestern community become acquainted with alcohol. This is not a study on the prevalence of alcoholic use in the teen-age population. Neither does it concern itself with the deviant groups (eg, the dropouts or the heavy adolescent drinker). Rather, the book analyzes drinking as a "normal" social phenomenon. The authors were interested in discovering what teenagers thought about adult and teen-age drinking, when they defined themselves as drinkers, and why they drank. The book is based on the results of a carefully designed questionnaire which attempted to answer the above questions. The questionnaire data is amply supplemented by personal interviews. The book is divided into six chapters: (1) "Teen-Agers and Alcohol"; (2)

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