The relationship between social network family psychosocial climate and adolescent alcohol use

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dc.contributor.advisor Pretty, Grace
dc.creator McAllister, Lynda E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:42Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:42Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.other HV5135 M32 1989
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22765
dc.description viii, 137 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 100-112).
dc.description.abstract The primary objective of the present study was to determine the relationship between social network, family psychosocial climate, and the extent of drinking, including alcohol-related negative events, among adolescents. Subjects were 450 students in grades 7 to 12 from secondary schools in the Halifax region (mean age = 15.3 years). These subjects completed a questionnaire battery which included items pertaining to the quantity and frequency of alcohol use (QF Index), the Straus Bacon Problem Drinking Scale (SBPDS), the Social Relationship Questionnaire, and the Family Environment Scale (FES). The findings indicate that 73.6% of the students drink alcohol. Bivariate correlational and Multiple Regression analyses revealed that age and number of drinking friends in the network explained the majority of the variance of QF and SBPDS score. Control, Conflict, and Intellectual-Cultural Orientation subscale scores of the FES significantly increased the explained variance of both drinking measures. Some interesting gender differences emerged regarding the relationship of the FES subscales to drinking. Implications of this study include (1) developing intervention efforts to impact on the adolescents' alcohol use within the context of their network, (2) teaching effective parenting skills with an emphasis on increasing parental control and decreasing familial conflict, and (3) exploring adult drinking behavior for its effect on youth alcohol use patterns.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV5135
dc.subject.lcsh Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Childhood and youth -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Youth -- Alcohol use -- Social aspects
dc.title The relationship between social network family psychosocial climate and adolescent alcohol use
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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