Elucidating Parenting Processes That Influence Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Qualitative Inquiry

Tera R. Hurt, Gene H. Brody, Velma Mc Bride Murry, Cady Berkel, Yi fu Chen

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This study's purpose was to learn why some youth who participated in the Strong African American Families (SAAF) program increased alcohol use after 2 years whereas other youth did not. Using a sample of 28 African American caregiver-youth dyads, the authors collected qualitative data to explore these issues. Findings underscore the importance of caregivers' practicing vigilant monitoring to keep their adolescents from experimenting with alcohol. Recommendations for limiting access to alcohol and encouraging vigilant parenting are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013



  • African American
  • adolescents
  • alcohol use
  • intervention
  • monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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