Do Parents Know Best? Examining the Relationship Between Parenting Profiles, Prevention Efforts, and Peak Drinking in College Students

Kimberly A. Mallett, Rob Turrisi, Anne E. Ray, Jerod Stapleton, Caitlin Abar, Nadine R. Mastroleo, Sean Tollison, Joel Grossbard, Mary E. Larimer

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Abstract

The study examined parent profiles among high school athletes transitioning to college and their association with high-risk drinking in a multi-site, randomized trial. Students (n=587) were randomized to a control or combined parent-based and brief motivational intervention condition and completed measures at baseline and at 5- and 10-month follow-ups. Four parent profiles (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, indifferent) were observed among participants. Findings indicated control participants with authoritarian parenting were at the greatest risk for heavy drinking. Alternately, students exposed to permissive or authoritarian parenting reported lower peak drinking when administered the combined intervention, compared to controls. Findings suggest the combined intervention was efficacious in reducing peak alcohol consumption among high-risk students based on athlete status and parenting profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2904-2927
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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