Pathways of risk for accelerated heavy alcohol use among adolescent children of alcoholic parents

Andrea M. Hussong, Patrick J. Curran, Laurie Chassin

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Abstract

The current study examined two questions. First, do internalizing symptoms and externalizing behavior each mediate the relations between parent psychopathology (alcoholism, antisocial personality disorder, and affective disorder) and growth in adolescent heavy alcohol use? Second, are there gender differences in these mediated pathways? Using latent curve analyses, we examined these questions in a high-risk sample of 439 families (53% children of alcoholic parents; 47% female). Collapsing across gender, adolescent-reported externalizing behavior mediated both the relation between parent alcoholism and growth in heavy alcohol use and the relation between parent antisociality and growth in heavy alcohol use. Parent-reported externalizing behavior only mediated the relation between parent antisociality and growth in heavy alcohol use in males. No support was found for internalizing symptoms as a mediator of these relations. Avenues are suggested for further exploring and integrating information about different mediating processes accounting for children of alcoholics' risk for heavy alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-466
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

Keywords

  • Adolescent alcohol use
  • Externalizing behavior
  • Gender
  • Internalizing symptoms
  • Parent alcoholism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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