Factors mediating the association of the recency of parent's marijuana use and their adolescent children's subsequent initiation

Stephen M. Miller, Jason T. Siegel, Zachary Hohman, William D. Crano

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Abstract

This study was designed to determine whether the relation between parents' recency of (lifetime) marijuana use (RMU) and their adolescent children's subsequent marijuana initiation was mediated by the adolescents' expectancies regarding the consequences of usage, their anticipated severity of punishment for use, and their evaluative attitudes toward marijuana. Parents and their initially marijuana-abstinent adolescent children drawn from the National Survey of Parents and Youth were studied (N = 1,399). A bootstrapped multiple mediation analysis tested whether adolescents' expectations, anticipated punishment, and attitudes toward marijuana collected in the first year of the longitudinal study mediated the relationship between parents' RMU and their adolescent children's marijuana initiation 1 year later. Analysis revealed a statistically significant association between the parental measure and youths' subsequent initiation (p < .001). The three mediators were related significantly t
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-853
JournalPsychology of addictive behaviors
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

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