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Parents do matter, but why? Examining two mediators of the association between parental approval and negative consequences of alcohol use

Authors of a recent study state that a growing body of literature indicates perceived parental approval of alcohol use is associated with drinking outcomes in college populations, and that parentbased interventions may be a viable way to reduce alcohol use on campus. However, researchers have not yet identified the mechanism responsible for this relationship. In the study, a path model was used to look at the relationship between perceived parental approval of drinking and negative consequences of alcohol use among undergraduate students (N = 632) via two mechanisms: perceived friends’ approval of drinking and perceived parental monitoring.

The path model specified in this study indicated that perceived parental approval of drinking is associated with negative consequences of alcohol use, and thathis effect is not fully attributed to perceived parental monitoring, injunctive norms of friends, gender or weekly alcohol consumption. As hypothesized, perceived friends’ approval of drinking partially mediated the relationship between perceived parental approval of drinking and negative consequences of alcohol use. Contrary to hypothesis, the path model did not provide support to the mediating role of perceived parental monitoring.

Source: Parents do matter, but why? Examining two mediators of the association between parental approval and negative consequences of alcohol use. Erick C. Messler, Aaron A. Lee, Randal P. Quevillon, and Raluca M. Simons informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14659891. 2014.998731

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