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Health Commun. 2010 Jun;25(4):293-302. doi: 10.1080/10410231003698952.

More than just openness: developing and validating a measure of targeted parent-child communication about alcohol.

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Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA.

Abstract

Research addressing parent-child communication on the topic of alcohol use relies heavily on assessing frequency of discussions and general assessments of openness in parent-child communication, ignoring the complexity of this communication phenomenon. This study adds to the literature by articulating a conceptualization and developing a measurement of parent-child communication-targeted parent-child communication about alcohol-and comparing the efficacy of targeted parent-child communication about alcohol in predicting positive expectancies of alcohol use and recent alcohol use. The predictive power of general openness in parent-child communication and frequency of communication about alcohol also were assessed. Students in fifth and sixth grade (N = 1,407) from 29 public schools completed surveys. Targeted parent-child communication about alcohol was negatively associated with both outcomes. Frequency and general openness were only negatively associated with positive expectancies regarding alcohol. Implications of these findings for the etiology and prevention of substance use are discussed.

PMID:
20512711
PMCID:
PMC2879702
DOI:
10.1080/10410231003698952
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