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Eur Addict Res. 2011;17(3):113-8. doi: 10.1159/000323280. Epub 2011 Feb 8.

Parental divorce, adolescents' feelings toward parents and drunkenness in adolescents.

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Graduate School Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Department of Health Psychology, Medical Faculty, PJ Safarik University, Kosice, Slovak Republic.


The aim of this study was to explore the association between parental divorce and adolescent drunkenness and the contribution of adolescents' feelings toward their parents to this association. Cross-sectional data on 3,694 elementary school students from several cities in Slovakia (mean age 14.3, 49.0% males; response rate 93%) were obtained. Respondents completed questionnaires on how often they had been drunk in the previous 4 weeks, whether their parents were divorced and a measure of their feelings toward their parents. Parental divorce was found to have an effect on adolescent drunkenness in the previous month, as were the high rates of negative and low rates of positive feelings toward both parents. The effect of divorce on drunkenness strongly decreased if adjusted for the affect of the adolescent toward the father, but not the mother. Our findings indicate that to keep the father positively involved after divorce might be a protective factor with regard to a higher probability of adolescent drunkenness in divorced families.

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