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Effects of parental alcohol rules on risky drinking and related problems in adolescence: Systematic review and meta-analysis

Sharmin, S, Kypri, K, Khanam, M ORCID: 0000-0002-2103-6462, Wadolowski, M, Bruno, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6673-833X, Attia, J, Holliday, E, Palazzi, K and Mattick, RP 2017 , 'Effects of parental alcohol rules on risky drinking and related problems in adolescence: Systematic review and meta-analysis' , Drug and alcohol dependence, vol. 178 , pp. 243-256 , doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.05.011.

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Background: It is unclear what effect parents’ rules about their children’s alcohol use have on drinking inadolescence. This review and meta-analysis investigated associations between prospectively measured parentalalcohol rules and later adolescent risky drinking.Methods: Using the PRISMA guidelines, we searched eight electronic databases for a variety of terms up to 10September 2016. We imposed no restrictions on publication year. We assessed the risk of bias and conducted ameta-analysis.Results: We identified 13 eligible studies in four groups of specific exposures for meta-analysis. The pooledoverall estimate showed that when parents set rules concerning alcohol, their children were less likely to developrisky drinking and related problems (OR = 0.64, 95% CI = 0.48, 0.86). Pooled estimates illustrate that parentalalcohol rules were significantly negatively associated with adolescent risky drinking and related problems(OR = 0.73, 95% CI = 0.53, 0.99), as was parental approval of alcohol use (inverse OR = 0.41, 95% CI = 0.34,0.50). Neither parental permissiveness (inverse OR = 0.83, 95% CI = 0.59, 1.19) nor parental disapproval ofalcohol use (OR = 0.49, 95% CI = 0.20, 1.20) was significantly associated with alcohol-related problems.However, the small number of studies and variability in the point estimates in these latter two groups of studieslimits inferences.Conclusions: Parents’ restrictiveness of their children’s drinking was associated with lower risky drinking, but therisk of bias in the existing literature precludes strong inferences about the association. Further longitudinalstudies with prospective measurement of parent behaviour, low attrition, and control for likely confounders, areneeded.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sharmin, S and Kypri, K and Khanam, M and Wadolowski, M and Bruno, R and Attia, J and Holliday, E and Palazzi, K and Mattick, RP
Keywords: Parental alcohol rules, Alcohol, Adolescent, Risky drinking
Journal or Publication Title: Drug and alcohol dependence
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
ISSN: 0376-8716
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.05.011
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