Perceptions of Parent Behavior as Correlates of Teenage Alcohol Problems

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-288
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997


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