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McKay, Michael T (2015) Parental rules, parent and peer attachment, and adolescent drinking behaviors. Substance Use & Misuse , 50 , (2) , pp. 184-188.

Family factors have been widely implicated in the development of adolescent drinking behaviors. These include parental attachment and parental rules concerning drinking behaviors. Moreover, throughout adolescence attachment to parents gives way to attachment to peers, and parental rules about alcohol use become less strict. The present study examined the relationship between parental and peer attachment, parental rules on drinking and alcohol use in a large sample (n = 1,724) of adolescents in the United Kingdom. Controlling for school grade (proxy for age), sex and the non-independence of respondents (clustering at school level) results showed that scores on a parental rules on drinking questionnaire were a significant statistical predictor when comparing moderate drinkers and abstainers, as well as moderate drinkers and problematic drinkers. Scores on both attachment scales were also significant, but only in the comparison between moderate and problematic drinkers, with lower attachment to parents and higher attachment to peers associated with problematic drinking.

Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 184-188
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland

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