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Parental Monitoring and Adolescent Alcohol Risk in a Clinic Population

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Objective: To assess the association between parental monitoring and adolescent alcohol risk. Methods: Adolescent managed-care patients completed a survey of their involvement with alcohol and their perceptions of monitoring and other forms of parental influence. Results: Frequent monitoring was associated with less likelihood that adolescents had engaged in a variety of alcohol-risk behaviors or had been in a variety of risk situations. Choosing to share alcohol-related concerns with other adults and placing importance on parents' opinions were not as consistently related to alcohol risk. Conclusion: The need to enhance parental monitoring as a proactive protective parental response is indicated.

Keywords: adolescents; alcohol misuse; parental monitoring

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2: Department of Public and Community Health, Director, Laboratory for Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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