Adolescent Boys and Heavy Drinking: A Statistical Analysis of Some Social Factors Contributing to the Excessive Use of Alcoholic Beverages and Its Subsequent Influence on Youthful Behavior As Revealed in a Study of 500 Male Students in Four New York State High Schools, 1962–1964
Background and Timeliness. This is a time of revolution. We, the people of the twentieth century, are part of a vast social upheaval which crosses continents and oceans, affects city and farm and influences every person on this planet. This is not a bellicose convulsion of war and destruction, but a subtle reformation of social patterns, customs and mores. Actions which were once considered socially unacceptable have today gained marked and noticeable acceptance. During the last decade a new society has emerged. The uncommon has become commonplace, the hidden has been revealed, the frowned-upon is now delved into with delight. This new social revolution affects every strata of modern society, rich and poor, religious and irreligious, leader and follower. It has affected every phase of life and social functioning: business ethics, family life, religious belief, educational process, sexual conduct and drinking patterns to mention but a few. In the midst of this seething vortex of rapid change America’s adolescents are desperately trying to grow up. Our youth is seeking some measure of stability in a very unstable world. One might even say that the world itself is undergoing a period of adolescence as it is bombarded on all sides with accelerated internal change and by external social pressures. Youth, therefore, cannot turn to the world for the support and guidance they need. Instead they seek all too often the solace and strength of alcohol to help them weather the social storm.
Secondary education|Clinical psychology|Statistics|Social work
Ciampaglio, Joseph Anthony, "Adolescent Boys and Heavy Drinking: A Statistical Analysis of Some Social Factors Contributing to the Excessive Use of Alcoholic Beverages and Its Subsequent Influence on Youthful Behavior As Revealed in a Study of 500 Male Students in Four New York State High Schools, 1962–1964" (1964). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670808.