Join us as PAMT Predoctoral Fellows Shannon Glenn and Carlie Sloan present compelling findings from their research.
Shannon Glenn: “Prevention of Alcohol-Related Consequences for High School and College Students”
Underage drinking continues to be a major public health concern in the United States. Evidence-based preventive interventions focused on reducing underage alcohol use and consequences are important public health tools.
The purpose of this seminar is to inform the development of interventions designed to reduce alcohol-related consequences experienced by students. Topics include:
- Early predictors of the total number of alcohol-related consequences experienced by college students
- Results from a parent-based technological intervention aimed to prevent alcohol use among high school students
Carlie Sloan: “Family-Based Risk and Protection for Adolescent Development: Using Latent Profile Analysis to Make Sense of Multi-Informant Data”
Family functioning during early adolescence has significant implications for adolescents’ later psychosocial functioning and well-being. Multi-informant family data may provide the best window into the family lives of adolescents. However, multi-informant assessment is complicated by the fact that parent and adolescent reports of family functioning are not often highly correlated. This has prompted research questions around whose reports of the family are accurate and the meaning of informant discrepancies (e.g., divergence in parent and adolescent reports of the family).
In this talk, I will discuss the findings from two studies that use latent profile analysis as a tool for handling multi-informant data and informant discrepancies.
- The first study examines whether different patterns of parent-adolescent agreement and divergence in reports of parental warmth are differentially related to adolescent well-being and substance use outcomes 3 years later.
- The second study explores whether family functioning characteristics can elucidate risk for discrepant parent-adolescent perspectives.
I will briefly discuss future directions for this work and other potential uses for latent profile analyses in the handling of multi-informant data.
The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.