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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Teen Alcohol Use Subject of Pitt-Bradford Presenters At Alcoholism Conference In Washington, DC

University Of Pittsburgh At Bradford

Dr. Lorraine Ettaro, visiting assistant professor of public health at the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford, presented research conducted by the center on rural teen alcohol use.

In July, she presented the results of a survey of local physicians and how they screen for teen alcohol use at the 2008 Joint Research Society on Alcoholism/International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism Conference in Washington, D.C. She and her co-authors found that rural primary care providers support screening for alcohol use early in adolescence, but face barriers to assessing and intervening for alcohol use in that age group.

A second research project presented at the same conference examined rural doctors’, adolescents’ and parents’ knowledge of and views on alcohol use and available treatments for adolescents. Using focus groups, the researchers concluded that adolescent alcohol use is a prominent problem in rural areas and that doctors, adolescents and parents recognize that physician screening and intervention is not effective.

Pitt-Bradford alumnus John Mocik ’04, MSW, is listed as one of the co-authors of both poster presentations. He is a former research associate who worked with Ettaro at the center on the National Institute of Health-funded projects to study adolescents and alcohol.

Partner agencies for both studies were the Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol Research Cooperative, the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center at Pitt.

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