The effects of parenting on the development of adolescent alcohol misuse: A six-wave latent growth model

Grace M. Barnes, Alan S. Reifman, Michael P. Farrell, Barbara A. Dintcheff

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Abstract

Alcohol use increases throughout adolescence. Based on family socialization theory, it was hypothesized that family factors, particularly parental support and monitoring, would influence individual trajectories in the development of alcohol misuse. Six waves of data were analyzed, based on interviews with 506 adolescents in the general population of a northeastern metropolitan area. Using growth-curve longitudinal analysis, results show that parenting significantly predicts adolescents' initial drinking levels (intercepts) as well as their rates of increase in alcohol misuse (slope). This study provides evidence that effective parenting is an important factor in preventing alcohol misuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-186
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2000

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Alcohol use
  • Latent growth model
  • Longitudinal study
  • Parenting

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