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McKay, Michael T and Sumnall, Harry and Cole, Jon C and Percy, Andrew (2012) Self-esteem and self-efficacy: associations with alcohol consumption in a sample of adolescents in Northern Ireland. Drugs: Education Prevention and Policy, 19, (1), pp. 72-80. https://doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2011.579585.

External website: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/09687...

Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have reported equivocal findings regarding the association between self-esteem, self-efficacy and adolescent alcohol use. Data were collected from a sample of 11–16-year olds in Northern Ireland (n¼4088) over two consecutive academic years measuring global self-esteem, academic, social and emotional self-efficacy and alcohol involvement. Results showed a domain-specific association between alcohol involvement and self-efficacy, with more problematic alcohol use associated with higher social self-efficacy but lower emotional and academic self-efficacy. Additionally, regression analyses revealed that all self-concept measures significantly predicted drinking group membership. The results are discussed in terms of reported drinking behaviour, interventions with adolescent groups and general development.


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