An anonymous questionnaire was administered to 779 rural and mostly Caucasian students (grades 7-12). Logistic regression analysis revealed that alcohol involvement was best predicted by age. Two dimensions of perceived parental involvement (Education and Rules X Communication) also had significant, but modest relationships with drinking status. A canonical correlation analysis identified two discernible patterns of association between the parent involvement factors, age, and measures of alcohol abuse in a drinker subsample. Overall, the findings suggest that parental influence operates as a natural harm-reduction mechanism that helps protect teenage drinkers from developing alcohol problems.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||American Journal of Health Behavior|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1997|