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Parenting Behaviors: Impact of Parenting Behaviors on Recent Alcohol Use Among African American Students

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Barbara Okuley, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
Underage drinking among African American youth remains a significant issue in the United States. Data from a study of participates ranged in age from 12-17 (N=3,475) were used to evaluate a prospective association between parenting behaviors and alcohol use in African American youth based on sex and age.

When examining alcohol use among African American youth, the study suggests that parenting behaviors are an important element despite the limited research on how parenting behaviors can influence alcohol use. Students self-identifying as African American from all 50 states including the District of Columbia completed the NSDUH survey.  Results revealed that a substantial percentage of youth drank alcohol within the past month. Findings indicated youth who had never or seldom experienced positive parent behaviors increased the odds of alcohol consumption. Significant differences were found among those using alcohol in the past month based on sex and age. Important implications can be drawn by public health professionals and prevention specialists interested in protecting youth from risky behaviors, such as negative parenting behaviors and alcohol use.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the extent of African American students that report experiencing specific parenting behaviors. Identify parenting behaviors that increase the risk of recent alcohol use among African American youth. Discuss the impact of parenting behaviors on recent alcohol use among African American youth and differences in impact based on student sex and age.

Keyword(s): Alcohol Use, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver and am also an intern for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is funded by the CDC. During my internship, I have worked with University of Cincinnati faculty to research possible associations between alcohol use among African American and parenting behaviors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.