The influence of alcohol-specific communication on adolescent alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences Public Deposited

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  • Reimuller, Alison Nicolette
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Alcohol-specific communication is conceptualized as a direct conversation between an adult and a child regarding alcohol use and during these conversations, the adult relays messages to the child about alcohol. The current study examined the construct of alcohol-specific communication and the effect of messages on adolescent alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences. Parent-child dyads were assessed biannually for 3 years (grades 9-11 at wave 6) to examine these relations in a large longitudinal study of adolescents initially in grades 6 through 8. An exploratory factor analysis identified two factors among alcohol-specific communication items, permissive messages and negative alcohol messages. Results showed that permissive messages predicted higher frequency of future alcohol use. However, previous level of adolescent alcohol use moderated the permissive message- alcohol use/alcohol consequences relation. Results suggest that parental messages regarding alcohol use may impact adolescent alcohol use beyond the effect of general parenting style and parental alcohol use.
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