Chains of risk for alcohol use disorder: Mediators of exposure to neighborhood deprivation in early and middle childhood

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Our goal was to test a cascade model to identify developmental pathways, or chains of risk, from neighborhood deprivation in childhood to alcohol use disorder (AUD) in young adulthood. Using Swedish general population data, we examined whether exposure to neighborhood deprivation during early and middle childhood was associated with indicators of social functioning in adolescence and emerging adulthood, and whether these were predictive of AUD. Structural equation models showed exposure to neighborhood deprivation was associated with lower school achievement during adolescence, poor social functioning during emerging adulthood, and the development of AUD for both males and females. Understanding longitudinal pathways from early exposure to adverse environments to later AUD can inform prevention and intervention efforts.


External organisations
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Stanford University
  • Public Health Institute Oakland
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


  • Alcohol use disorder, Neighborhood deprivation, Social functioning, Sweden
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-26
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch