Parenting Style, Religiosity, Peers, and Adolescent Heavy Drinking*

Department of Sociology, Joseph F. Smith Building, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602, USA.
Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs (Impact Factor: 2.76). 07/2010; 71(4):539-543. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2010.71.539
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The purpose of this research was to examine whether authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and neglectful parenting styles were associated with adolescent alcohol use and heavy drinking, after controlling for peer use, religiosity, and other relevant variables. Structural equation modeling was used to estimate direct and indirect associations of parenting style with alcohol use and heavy drinking among 4,983 adolescents in Grades 7-12.
Adolescents whose parents were authoritative were less likely to drink heavily than adolescents from the other three parenting styles, and they were less likely to have close friends who used alcohol. In addition, religiosity was negatively associated with heavy drinking after controlling for other relevant variables. Authoritative parenting appears to have both direct and indirect associations with the risk of heavy drinking among adolescents. Authoritative parenting, where monitoring and support are above average, might help deter adolescents from heavy alcohol use, even when adolescents have friends who drink. In addition, the data suggest that the adolescent's choice of friends may be an intervening variable that helps explain the negative association between authoritative parenting and adolescent heavy drinking.

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    • "Several studies have specifically investigated the influence of parents and families on adolescent alcohol use (Bahr & Hoffmann, 2010; Clausen, 1996; Koning et al., 2013; Mares et al., 2012). A number of parental behaviors influence adolescent substance use; for instance, the risk of adolescent alcohol and other drug use increases with parental provision of alcohol (Shortt et al., 2007), inconsistent parental feedback, and unreasonably severe punishment (Brook et al., 1990). "
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    Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs 09/2015; 76(5):671-679. DOI:10.15288/jsad.2015.76.671 · 2.76 Impact Factor
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    • "Studies developed by Valente et al. (2007) [10]; Jamison and Myers (2008) [11]; Kiuru et al. (2010) [13], previously examined the influence of the peer group on alcohol consumption in adolescents, but they were limited to investigating just the school based peer network. Other studies investigated the influence of the peer group on alcohol consumption in adolescents based on their religiosity or church attendance [5,63]. We are not aware of a previous study that compared the different type of groups of friends from different contexts in relation to alcohol consumption by adolescents. "
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