The present study explores how parental drinking behavior and parental awareness of their student's drinking influence college student binge drinking and negative alcohol-related consequences. Participants were 90 family triads (student-mother-father) and 24 dyads (student-parent) recruited via the target student enrolled in a general education course at the University of Northern Iowa. Female drinking behaviors (frequency, quantity, monthly volume, and binge drinking) positively correlated with mothers' drinking behaviors. Only fathers' binge drinking behavior correlated with female binge drinking. Results were not significant for college males. Additionally, parents who were aware of their student's drinking and the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking were more likely to have students who do not experience negative consequences. Findings from this study have implications for curbing excessive alcohol use on campus by educating parents that they play an important role in their student's drinking behaviors.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Wiersma, Jacquelyn D. and Linney, Kirsten D.
"Parental Influences and Perceptions of College Student Drinking,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 57.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/57