Interplay Between Sensation Seeking and Parental Rules in the Emergence of Heavy Episodic Drinking

Andrew Percy, Michael T McKay, Jon C Cole

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Abstract

This study examined the parallel mediational processes between sensation seeking and parental rules on alcohol, in the emergence of heavy episodic drinking (HED) in adolescents. Data were drawn from a U.K. clustered randomized control trial (control arm only, N ≈ 6,300, Mage at baseline = 12.5). Using parallel process latent growth curve analysis, stricter parental rules at baseline were found to be associated with greater declines in sensation seeking over time and a lower risk of HED at follow-up (+33 months). Higher initial levels of sensation seeking predicted a faster relaxation of parental rules and a greater risk of HED. By maintaining strict rules about alcohol, parents may promote a positive reduction in sensation seeking and a lower risk of HED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-821
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research On Adolescence
Volume29
Issue number4
Early online date16 Jul 2018
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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