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article imageStudy Finds That Amount Of Parental Supervision Linked To College Drinking Problems

By Nikki Weingartner     Mar 10, 2008 in Science
A study at the University of Maryland has found a correlative link between the amount of parental supervision and high school alcohol consumption, thereby providing a potential barrier for college drinking problems.
A report referencing the ongoing research performed by the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland has provided findings that the actual amount of parental supervision a student receives directly influences levels of alcohol consumption during high school, independent of gender, culture, religion and other variables.
As part of the College Life Study, designed to investigate the health-risk behaviors in college students surrounding drugs and alcohol, 1,200 students were interviewed and an assessment of high school alcohol consumption and parental supervision was taken by way of survey. A follow-up interview and assessment was performed during their first year at university.
Study results found a correlation between those who were closely monitored by their parents and high school students who had lower levels of alcohol consumption.
College level drinking, although not directly influenced by parental supervision, seems to be linked to the amount of alcohol an individual drinks in high school in that it provides a bridge between the role a parent plays in their university bound child’s potential alcohol drinking problems.
“authors point out that these results call into question the opinion of many parents who think “responsible drinking” should begin in high school. Further research is needed to explore the extent and type of parental supervision that may reduce students’ drinking in college”
Underage drinking has been linked to suicide, high-risk sexual activity and alcohol dependency. It can also lead to risky behaviours that create a myriad of problems for any individual, but can have devastating consequences for an underage student at university.
Although additional research is needed, this study provides great information for anyone who deals with adolescent behavior.
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