Does parental monitoring and disapproval explain variations in alcohol use among adolescents from different countries of birth?

Chan, Gary C. K., Kelly, Adrian B., Connor, Jason P., Hall, Wayne D., Young, Ross McD. and Williams, Joanne W. (2016) Does parental monitoring and disapproval explain variations in alcohol use among adolescents from different countries of birth?. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35 6: 741-749. doi:10.1111/dar.12413


Author Chan, Gary C. K.
Kelly, Adrian B.
Connor, Jason P.
Hall, Wayne D.
Young, Ross McD.
Williams, Joanne W.
Title Does parental monitoring and disapproval explain variations in alcohol use among adolescents from different countries of birth?
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3362
0959-5236
Publication date 2016-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/dar.12413
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 6
Start page 741
End page 749
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction and Aims: This study investigated the extent to which parental monitoring and parental disapproval of alcohol use account for the association between country of birth and adolescent alcohol use.

Design and Methods: The sample consisted of 10 273 adolescents from grades 7 (Mean age = 12.5 years), 9 (14.5 years) and 11 (16.4 years) in Victoria, Australia. Participants completed a questionnaire during class time. Mediation analyses were performed to examine the extent to which parental monitoring and parental disapproval of alcohol use accounted for variations in past 30 day alcohol use between Australian-born and immigrant adolescents.

Results: Alcohol use in the past 30 days ranged from 8.0% to 44.4% for participants from different countries/regions of birth. Those born in Asia (odds ratio 0.20–0.51, P < 0.05) and Africa (odds ratio 0.45, P < 0.01) were much less likely to have consumed alcohol compared to those born in Australia. Adolescents from these two regions (except for Western Asia) reported higher levels of parental monitoring and parental disapproval of alcohol use (P < 0.05). Higher levels of parental monitoring and parental disapproval of alcohol use partially mediated the association between birth place and alcohol use (P < 0.05).

Discussion and Conclusions: There were large variations in alcohol use between Australian-born and immigrant adolescents from different countries/regions. Adolescents from Asia or Africa were much less likely to consume alcohol, and this protective effect was partially accounted for by parental monitoring and disapproval of alcohol use.
Keyword Adolescent
Alcohol use
Immigrant
Parental disapproval
Parental monitoring
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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