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NCJ Number: 188395 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Parents in Preventing and Addressing Underage Drinking
Corporate Author: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of Americ
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 2
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
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Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of the role of parents in preventing and addressing underage drinking discusses parenting skills, social influences, family structures, and parental attitudes and behaviors toward drinking.
Abstract: Parents who communicated and were involved with their children, set clear expectations for their children's behavior, practiced good supervision and consistent discipline, and minimized conflict in the family had children who, at ages 11 and 12, were more likely to view alcohol as harmful and less likely to initiate alcohol use early. They were also less likely to misuse alcohol at ages 17 and 18. On the other hand, lack of parental support, monitoring, and communication and lack of feeling close to their parents have been significantly related to frequency of drinking, heavy drinking, and drunkenness among adolescents. Harsh, inconsistent discipline and hostility or rejection toward children have also been found to be significant predictors of adolescent drinking and alcohol-related problems. Family and peers can influence drinking behavior by explicitly discouraging alcohol use or by providing models of drinking behavior. Children of drinking parents have been found to be less likely to view drinking as harmful and more likely to start drinking earlier. Children of drinking parents are more likely to associate with peers who have tried alcohol at ages 10 to 11, which increases the risk for alcohol use and misuse by the child. 19 notes
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Drug abuse causes; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Parental influence
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