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Smyth, Bobby P and Darker, Catherine D and Donnelly-Swift, Erica and Barry, Joseph and Allwright, Shane (2010) A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking. BMC Public Health , 10 , (1) , p. 297.

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BACKGROUND: Irish teenagers demonstrate high rates of drunkenness and there has been a progressive fall in age of first drinking in recent decades. International research indicates that parents exert substantial influence over their teenager's drinking. We sought to determine the attitudes and behaviours of Irish parents towards drinking by their adolescent children.

METHODS: We conducted a telephone survey of a representative sample of of 234 parents who had a teenager aged between 13 and 17 years.

RESULTS: Six per cent reported that they would be unconcerned if their son or daughter was to binge drink once per month. On the issue of introducing children to alcohol in the home, 27% viewed this as a good idea while 63% disagreed with this practice. Eleven per cent of parents reported that they had given a drink to their teenager at home. Parents who drank regularly themselves, who were from higher socio-demographic groups and who lived in the east of Ireland demonstrated more permissive attitudes to teenage drinking.

CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence of widespread permissive attitudes and behaviours among Irish parents. Given that parental influences have been demonstrated to exert substantial impact on teenage drinking, it may be possible to harness the concerns of Irish parents more effectively to reverse the trends of escalating alcohol related harm in Ireland.


Item Type:Article
Date:2010
Page Range:p. 297
Volume:10
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption

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