College drinking behaviors: Mediational links between parenting styles, impulse control, and alcohol-related outcomes

Julie A. Patock-Peckham, Antonio A. Morgan-Lopez

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Mediational links between parenting styles (authoritative, authoritarian, permissive), impulsiveness (general control), drinking control (specific control), and alcohol use and abuse were tested. A pattern-mixture approach (for modeling non-ignorable missing data) with multiple-group structural equation models with 421 (206 female, 215 male) college students was used. Gender was examined as a potential moderator of parenting styles on control processes related to drinking. Specifically, the parent-child gender match was found to have implications for increased levels of impulsiveness (a significant mediator of parenting effects on drinking control). These findings suggest that a parent with a permissive parenting style who is the same gender as the respondent can directly influence control processes and indirectly influence alcohol use and abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Alcohol use
  • Drinking control
  • Impulsivity
  • NMAR data
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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