Project Alliance 1: Relationship
Relationship Dynamics and Young Adult Drug Use and Abuse
Funding period: September 20, 2012–August 31, 2017
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Dishion
Co-Investigator: Dr. Krista Chronister
Funded by: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
In this study the research team is investigating the covariation between alcohol and other drug use developmental trajectories, social adaptation, and intimate partner adjustment in early adulthood. The longitudinal Project Alliance 1 sample was originally assessed in nine waves between ages 11 and 25 years, and current PAL 1 participants will be age 25–30 years during the follow-up period.
Those who had engaged in a Family Check-Up intervention have been invited to participate in an ecological assessment that includes a videotaped observation with a relationship partner, followed by six quarterly surveys that will capture information about activity lifestyle, relationship adjustment, changes in relationships, and alcohol and drug use during an 18-month period. Gender-specific longitudinal models of adult alcohol and drug use will be tested. Analyses will focus on understanding stability and change in alcohol and drug use in early adulthood with respect to changing relationships (friendships, family, and intimate partners) and activity lifestyles (work, education) in the context of developmental trajectories of problem behavior from early adolescence through adulthood.