Family characteristics as mediators of the influence of problem drinking and multiple risk status on child mental health

Mark W. Roosa, Larry Dumka, Jenn-Yun Tein

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Abstract

Structural equation modeling was used to test a theoretical model in which family cohesion and family reframing coping were hypothesized as mediators between family drinking problems, multiple risk factors, negative life events, and child mental health (conduct disorder, depression, anxiety) in two-parent families. Family cohesion mediated the relationships of family drinking problems and negative life events to child conduct disorder and depression. Negative life events mediated the relationships of family drinking problems and family multiple risk to child conduct disorder. Family reframing coping did not junction as a mediator nor was it related to child mental health when other factors were considered simultaneously. Results indicate that increasing family cohesion and reducing sources of stress within the family (negative life events) represent promising areas for interventions for children with problem-drinking parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-624
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican journal of community psychology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996

Keywords

  • Child conduct disorder
  • Family cohesion
  • Family drinking problems
  • Family reframing coping
  • Structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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