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Type: Journal article
Title: Mothers' intentions to introduce their adolescent to alcohol use: does mothers' alcohol use effect intentions?
Author: Roberts, R.
Beckwith, M.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2010; 34(3):281-287
Publisher: Public Health Assoc Australia Inc
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1326-0200
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Rachel Roberts, Melinda Beckwith and David Watts
Abstract: Objective: To assess mothers' intentions to introduce their adolescent to alcohol and to examine whether their own alcohol use influences their intentions. Methods: Mothers (N = 161) of children aged 12.5 years (SD = 0.8) completed measures of their alcohol use and their intentions and attitudes towards their children beginning to drink alcohol. Results: Overall, 68% of mothers reported that parents should introduce their children to alcohol at home before they reach the age of 18, (in contrast with NHMRC guidelines, which recommend delaying alcohol use until age 18). While there were some statistically significant differences in mothers' intentions and beliefs according to their own alcohol use, these were small or medium effects, and tended to be differences in degree rather than in kind and not likely to be of practical importance. Conclusions and implications: Introducing their children to the use of alcohol is a role mothers see as important, and one they generally felt sufficiently equipped to carry out. Mothers' intentions to initiate their children into alcohol use were remarkably similar despite differences in mothers' own alcohol use. This suggests that approaches to education and guidance for parents are unlikely to need to take mothers' alcohol use into account when planning ways to support parents in this aspect of their role, at least for mothers of early adolescents.
Keywords: mothers
Rights: © 2010 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2010 Public Health Association of Australia
DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00527.x
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