Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Adolescent Alcohol Use in Rural Areas: What are the Issues?

1/1/2008 - 1/31/2009
John Gale
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley

Previous research has shown that rural adolescents are more likely to use alcohol than those in urban areas adolescents and that the more rural the area, the higher the use. Moreover, current knowledge suggests that risk and protective factors may operate differently for rural adolescents. Methods: This study will use five years of NSDUH pooled data to examine the underlying factors that account for urban-rural and intra-rural differences in adolescent alcohol use and how this knowledge may be used to develop targeted alcohol prevention and intervention programs for rural youth. The specific research questions we wish to address are: <li>What are the prevalence and use patterns of adolescent alcohol (e.g. rates of past month use, age of first use, binge and heavy drinking and driving under the influence) across the urban-rural continuum? Do prevalence rates and use patterns vary by age, gender, ethnicity/race, and geographic region?
<li>What is relationship of developmental, individual, and environmental factors on adolescent alcohol use across the urban rural continuum?
<li>What is the relationship and relative importance of, key protective and risk factors in explaining intra-rural variations in adolescent alcohol use? Do these factors vary by age, gender, ethnicity, and geographic region?
<li>How may this information inform the development of prevention and early intervention strategies targeting rural areas and populations?

Start Date: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
End Date: 
Sat, 2009-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
5 848

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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