Regional versus differences in teenage alcohol use: does parental disapproval account for these differences?

Chan, Gary C. K., Kelly, Adrian, Connor, Jason P., Hall, Wayne, Young, Ross McD., Toumbourou, John W. and Williams, Joanne (2015) Regional versus differences in teenage alcohol use: does parental disapproval account for these differences?. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24 1: 3-8. doi:10.1111/ajr.12177

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Author Chan, Gary C. K.
Kelly, Adrian
Connor, Jason P.
Hall, Wayne
Young, Ross McD.
Toumbourou, John W.
Williams, Joanne
Title Regional versus differences in teenage alcohol use: does parental disapproval account for these differences?
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-5282
1440-1584
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12177
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 8
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To investigate if parental disapproval of alcohol use accounts for differences in adolescent alcohol use across regional and urban communities.

Design: Secondary data analysis of grade-level stratified data from a random sample of schools.

Setting: High schools in Victoria, Australia.

Participants: A random sample of 10273 adolescents from Grade 7 (mean age=12.51 years), 9 (14.46 years) and 11 (16.42 years).

Main outcome measures: The key independent variables were parental disapproval of adolescent alcohol use and regionality (regional/ urban), and the dependent variable was past 30 days alcohol use.

Results: After adjusting for potential confounders, adolescents in regional areas were more likely to use alcohol in the past 30 days (OR=1.83, 1.44 and 1.37 for Grades 7, 9 and 11, respectively, P<0.05), and their parents have a lower level of disapproval of their alcohol use (b=-0.12, -0.15 and -0.19 for Grades 7, 9 and 11, respectively, P<0.001). Bootstrapping analyses suggested that 8.37%, 23.30% and 39.22% of the effect of regionality on adolescent alcohol use was mediated by parental disapproval of alcohol use for Grades 7, 9 and 11 participants respectively (P<0.05).

Conclusions: Adolescents in urban areas had a lower risk of alcohol use compared with their regional counterparts, and differences in parental disapproval of alcohol use contributed to this difference.
Keyword Adolescence
Adolescent
Alcohol
Parental disapproval
Regional
Urban
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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