ERIC Number: EJ1076271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Pathways of Parenting Style on Adolescents' College Adjustment, Academic Achievement, and Alcohol Risk
Kenney, Shannon R.; Lac, Andrew; Hummer, Justin F.; Grimaldi, Elizabeth M.; LaBrie, Joseph W.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n2 p186-203 Aug 2015
This study examined the pathways of parenting style (permissive, authoritarian, and authoritative) to alcohol consumption and consequences through the mediators of college adjustment and academic achievement (grade point average [GPA]). Participants were 289 students from a private, mid-size, West Coast university (mean age 19.01 years, 58.8% female, and 59.3% Caucasian) who completed online surveys. A path model discovered that receipt of permissive and authoritarian parenting uniquely predicted poorer college adjustment, but authoritative parenting predicted better college adjustment. Further, authoritarian parenting predicted lower GPA, but authoritative parenting predicted higher GPA. Better college adjustment, in turn, was predictive of fewer negative alcohol-related consequences, whereas higher GPA predicted lower drinking levels. Preventive implications for collegiate counseling centers and collaborative campus-wide health promotion efforts are discussed.
Descriptors: Parenting Styles, Drinking, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, Student Adjustment, College Students, Private Colleges, Online Surveys, Correlation, Path Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Psychology, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Parental Authority Questionnaire; Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire