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ERIC Number: ED452469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 6
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Parental Lack of Knowledge of First Alcohol Use and Risky Behaviors of Incoming College Freshmen.
McCluskey-Fawcett, Kathleen; Berkley-Patton, Jannette; Towns, Carrie; Prosser, Ellie
College freshmen transitioning from parental guidance to autonomous living are particularly at risk for engaging in heavy alcohol use. With reduced parental control, increased independence and peer influence, and a new physical and social environment, they are particularly vulnerable to risky drinking and associated consequences. The purpose of this study was to assess how drinking behaviors and related consequences of incoming freshmen correlated with and without their parents' knowledge of their drinking. Drinking behaviors and associated negative consequences were assessed with freshman attending a mid-western university. Students reported having a mean of 5.8 drinks when they party. Age of first drink with and without parents' knowledge was 14 years old. The younger the student drank without their parents' knowledge, the more they drank as freshmen. The results suggest that parental knowledge of early alcohol use may be a protective factor against heavier drinking and negative consequences when students transition to college. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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