Association between Parents' Histories of Alcohol Use and Current Support of Underage Drinking of their Teens

by Lindegarde, Ruth M., Ph.D., WALDEN UNIVERSITY, 2012, 102 pages; 3544489


Excessive alcohol use in 2005 was the third highest preventable cause of death in the nation according to CDC. Wisconsin showed the highest rate of heavy use of alcohol and binge drinking in the U.S. A European American, rural, subculture in south central Wisconsin exhibits higher alcohol abuse behavior which puts children and adults at extreme risk for injury and death. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between alcohol use behaviors among parents and permission for their children to drink alcohol. The social ecological model served as the theoretical foundation. This quantitative, cross-sectional study included collection and analysis of data regarding the parents' alcohol use behavior, diversity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and support of children drinking. Logistic regression analysis was used to measure the association between the independent variable, parent use of alcohol and the dependent variable, permitting their children to use alcohol. Parents who drank alcohol more days per month were more likely to permit their kids to drink (odds ratio 1.59, p=0.02). Age (p=0.04), parent education (p=0.03), and income (p=0.01) were statistically associated with the dependent variable. Implications for positive social change include reduced alcohol abuse behaviors that can result in reduced injury and mortality in children and adults.

AdviserJames Rohrer
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBehavioral psychology; Public health; Health education
Publication Number3544489

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