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The effect of childhood supervisory neglect on emerging adults’ drinking

A study investigated the effect of childhood supervisory neglect on emerging adults’ drinking. Child supervisory neglect is the most common form of child maltreatment in the United States, but few studies explore supervisory neglect separate from other forms of maltreatment among emerging adults, 18-25 years old.

The study sample included (n = 11,117) emerging adults, 18-25 years old who participated in Waves I and III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Separate analyses were conducted for male and female emerging adults, because they have different rates of alcohol consumption and alcohol risk behaviours. The study used latent class analysis to understand how patterns of alcohol risk behaviours clustered together. For males, the following four classes were found: (1) multiple-risk drinkers, (2) moderate-risk drinkers, (3) binge-drinkers, and (4) low-risk drinkers or abstainers. For females, three classes were found: (1) multiplerisk drinkers, (2) moderate-risk drinkers, and (3) lowrisk drinkers or abstainers.

For both males and females, supervisory neglect increased the odds of membership in the multiplerisk drinkers’ class compared to the low-risk drinkers or abstainers’ class. Single males who did not live with their parents, and who were white had increased odds of being in the multiple-risk drinkers. For females, being more educated, or in a serious romantic relationship increased the odds of membership in the multiple-risk drinkers’ class.

Source: The Effect of Childhood Supervisory Neglect on Emerging Adults’ Drinking.Snyder SM, Merritt DH. Subst Use Misuse. 2016 Jan 15:1-14.

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