Parental monitoring, alcohol, and marijuana use among Hispanic and non-Hispanic White adolescents: Findings from the Arizona Youth Survey

Albert M. Kopak, Stephanie Ayers, Vera Lopez, Phillip Stevenson

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Parental monitoring serves as a key element in the reduction of adolescent substance use, but little is known about how various monitoring practices relate to different levels of use. This study examined the association between two forms of parental monitoring (parental knowledge and parental supervision) and two substance use outcomes (alcohol and marijuana) for Hispanic and non-Hispanic White eighth graders using the Arizona Youth Survey (n = 11, 703). Results demonstrated that parental supervision and parental knowledge protected against alcohol and marijuana use for both ethnic groups, but tests for ethnic differences indicated that parental supervision was more protective against high levels of marijuana use for White youth compared to Hispanic youth. Gender differences were also observed with girls benefitting more from both forms of monitoring compared to boys. However, these effects were dependent on the level of substance use involvement and the substance use outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-486
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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