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Parents Still Matter: The Role of Parental Attachment in Risky Drinking among College Students

NCJ Number
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse Volume: 21 Issue: 1 Dated: January - March 2012 Pages: 91-104
Joseph W. Labrie; Ashley E. Sessoms
Date Published
January 2012
14 pages
This study looked at the effects of parental attachment on alcohol use across the first year of college.
This study longitudinally assessed the effects of parental attachment on alcohol-related risks across the first year of college. Greater attachment to mother was associated with lower alcohol risk while weaker attachment to mother was related to more drinking and consequences near the end of the first year, even when controlling for baseline drinking. Furthermore, gender moderated the relationship between attachment and consequences such that first-year men with weaker attachment reported experiencing more consequences than females or males with stronger attachment. Findings highlight the role of parental attachment in reducing risk and identify first-year males with low maternal attachment as a potential high-risk group. (Published Abstract)