Effect of Victimization on Impulse Control and Binge Drinking among Serious Juvenile Offenders from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Jordan P. Davis, Tara M. Dumas, Benjamin L. Berey, Gabriel J. Merrin, Joseph R. Cimpian, Brent W. Roberts

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A vast literature has found longitudinal effects of early life stress on substance use and self-regulatory processes. These associations may vary by period-specific development among youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The current study used an accelerated longitudinal design and auto-regressive latent trajectory with structure residuals (ALT-SR) model to examine the within-person cross-lagged associations between binge drinking, impulse control, and victimization from 15 to 25 years of age. A large sample (N = 1100) of justice-involved youth were followed longitudinally for 7 years (Mage baseline = 15.8, Mage conclusion = 22.8). In general, the sample was ethnically diverse (41% Black, 34% Hispanic, 21% White, 4.3% Other) and primarily male (87.2%). Participants reported on their frequency of binge drinking, impulse control, and frequency of victimization at each time point. The results indicated that, during adolescence, victimization and binge drinking attenuated impulse control, which resulted in more binge drinking and victimization during young adulthood. The current study highlights the importance of assessing developmental processes and period-specific transitions among at risk youth, especially for youth experiencing early life stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1532
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017



  • Alcohol use
  • Child maltreatment
  • Emerging adulthood
  • Impulse control
  • Self-Regulation
  • Stress

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