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Addict Behav. 2006 Apr;31(4):593-605. Epub 2005 Jun 20.

A longitudinal examination of the link between parent alcohol problems and youth drinking: the moderating roles of parent and child gender.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, John Dewey Hall, University of Vermont, 2 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405, United States.

Abstract

The unique and interactive effects of paternal and maternal alcohol problems on the drinking behavior of adolescent girls and boys were investigated. A prospective design was employed to examine changes in youth drinking behavior over a 3-year period in a community-based sample of 695 families. Results revealed that, as maternal alcohol problems increased, the likelihood of adolescent alcohol use increased. Paternal alcohol problems were associated with an increased likelihood of alcohol use for girls only. Findings point to the need for future research to investigate both maternal and paternal alcohol problems in community samples and with a sample size large enough to examine both parent and adolescent gender. Implications for preventive and interventive efforts are considered.

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