Proximal and Distal Effects of Sensation Seeking and Parenting Environments on Alcohol Use Trajectories from Early Adolescence to Early Adulthood

Adam A. Rogers, Kit Elam, Laurie Chassin, Ariel Sternberg, Leena Bui

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Abstract

Adolescent alcohol use is related to disinhibition traits and family environments. However, research is scarce on whether these factors predict alcohol use trajectories distally, from early adolescence into early adulthood. We examined whether sensation seeking and parenting environments in early adolescence predicted adolescents’ alcohol use trajectories proximally (middle-adolescence) and distally (early adulthood). Using four waves of data from 345 adolescents (51.3% female; 80% white) and their primary caregivers, we estimated adolescents’ alcohol use trajectories and examined variability in these by sensation seeking and parental control. The findings revealed distal, positive associations between sensation seeking and alcohol use; and negative, proximal associations between parental control and alcohol use. Also proximally, there was a significant interaction between sensation seeking and parental control. We discuss implications for theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2206-2219
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of youth and adolescence
Volume47
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • Alcohol use
  • Developmental
  • Early adolescence
  • Parenting
  • Sensation seeking
  • Trajectories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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