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Hasbro Children's Hospital physician receives $3.2 million grant to study teen alcohol use
Date:4/22/2013

estionnaire. They will be asked these questions, along with a series of others to compare them with longer questionnaires. The goal is to screen 5,000 teens over three-and-a-half years. Researchers will then contact 1,000 of those teens and screen them again.

"We want to see if the shorter survey can just as effectively predict risky behaviors, both current and future," said Linakis. "When we follow up we will also be able to see if the questionnaire predicted drug abuse or risky behaviors, not just alcohol use."

After the study is complete, Linakis' team and the NIH hope to use this data to help develop an intervention for adolescents who drink alcohol and display other unsafe behaviors.

"The study, the data it finds, and the future intervention program will be extremely helpful for anyone who takes care of kids in a primary care setting," said Linakis.


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