Alcohol attitudes are often considered an important predecessor of drinking behavior, although the literature is equivocal. Lately, attention has turned to enhancing positive cognitions on alcoholic-free drinks to discourage heavy drinking.
Participants were 293 adolescents (131 boys, Mage = 16.1 years) who
Findings discard the Theory of Planned Behavior, but rather seem consistent with the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, i.e., adolescents may adapt their cognitions to their behavior.
More longitudinal research with several time points and over a longer period of time is needed to further examine the development of attitudes and drinking behavior.
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