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NCJ Number: 136668 Find in a Library
Title: Model of Parental Involvement in Adolescent Drinking and Driving
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:(1992)  Pages:35-51
Author(s): K H Beck; S J Lockhart
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A model of parental involvement in the prevention of adolescent drinking and driving is presented based on research findings on why adolescents drink and drive and what parental knowledge, attitudes, and practices are related to youthful impaired driving.
Abstract: The reasons for parents' ineffectiveness at intervening to prevent their teenagers from drinking and driving are described. The analysis suggests that parents' effectiveness at preventing juvenile alcohol use and alcohol-impaired driving among their teenagers depends on their stage of involvement: awareness, acceptance, action, and consequences. The available data indicate that parents tend to be unaware of the true extent and nature of adolescent drinking and are thus less prone to acceptance and action. Like Problem Behavior Theory, the model emphasizes parental control and communication with children as influential factors contributing to the prevention of problem behaviors. However, unlike the Problem Behavior Theory, this model describes some of the specific dynamics that enable drinking and driving to exist among adolescents. Tables, figure, and 59 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Parental influence
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile drug use; Models; Underage Drinking
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