A new project, led by associate scientist Christina Tam, seeks to inform prevention science by pinpointing when over the lifecourse – from adolescence to adulthood – Asian Americans are at the greatest risk for alcohol and tobacco use and co-use.
Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, the project will examine when and why Asian Americans engage in heavy alcohol and tobacco use and co-use across the lifecourse (from ages 12-43). It will also explore patterns of alcohol and tobacco co-use into adulthood with a focus on risk and resiliency factors relevant to the Asian American experience.
These risk and resiliency predictors for Asian Americans include individual, family, interpersonal, and neighborhood factors that are associated with sustained alcohol and tobacco use and co-use over time.
By identifying developmental periods and the contexts and mechanisms involved, the project will support the advancement of targeted, culturally-appropriate preventive interventions to help address use and misuse at critical developmental periods and through into adulthood.
The two-year project is funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and runs from June 2020 to May, 2022.