KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 1/22/12, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Dr. Stephen Russell, Director, UA McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families, and  Dr. Joyce Serido, assistant research professor , UA Take Charge America Institute for consumer finance, education & research. A recent 4-year $876,801 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is helping the guests better understand  how to reduce financial stress and debt levels of young adults.   

Russell says the research will contribute to an understanding of alcohol-related problems, prevention and treatment.  He says that will help create programs and policies that can reduce financial stress and debt levels during young adulthood.  He says right now, very little is known about the dynamics of financial stress and its association with alcohol problems in adolescence and into young adulthood.   

Serido says they are using data from an on-going study of adolescent health.  She says the study is following a nationally representative sample of adolescents who were interviewed while in grades 7-12 during the 1994-95 school year into young adulthood.  She says these interviewees were between 24-32 years of age during the final round of interviews in the past year.   

Russell says the subjects’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being within the context of their home, community and educational environment were examined.  He says it gives researchers a chance to look at the impact of social environments on the subjects’ success later in life.  He says stress from today’s economic challenges appears to be a factor in alcohol and child abuse.