Title

Parental Monitoring and Its Links with Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems

Presenter Information

Melissa Callan

Department

Business and Information Technology

Major

Psychology

Research Advisor

Kalliny, Morris
Gentry, Lance

Advisor's Department

Business and Information Technology

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Impulsivity reflects acting on sudden urges, and has been correlated with alcoholrelated problems (Sher & Trull, 1994). Individuals high in impulsivity experience difficulty inhibiting cravings, despite negative consequences. King and Chassin (2004) argue adolescents who are behaviorally undercontrolled (e.g. impulsivity, sensationseeking) show particularly strong benefits from parental monitoring. This study examined the relationships between parental monitoring, impulsivity, drinking control and alcohol related problems. Questionnaires were administrated to 406 (178 male, 228 female) college students. Correlation coefficients were calculated to explore the strengths of relationships among variables. Findings revealed higher levels of father monitoring were linked to reduced levels of impulsivity among sons and daughters. However, higher levels of mother monitoring were linked to reduced levels of impulsivity only among males.

Biography

Melissa Callan is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She first became involved in undergraduate research her second semester on campus in the Psychology department with Dr. Patock-Peckham, and has since begun other projects in the Business department as well. She plans to continue this research throughout the rest of her career at Missouri S&T, and will likely have a publication by the time of graduation. Melissa plans to continue her education in graduate school, where she would like to get her PhD in either clinical or forensic psychology.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Social Sciences poster session, First place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Third advisor: Patock-Peckham, Julie, Psychological Science

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Parental Monitoring and Its Links with Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Impulsivity reflects acting on sudden urges, and has been correlated with alcoholrelated problems (Sher & Trull, 1994). Individuals high in impulsivity experience difficulty inhibiting cravings, despite negative consequences. King and Chassin (2004) argue adolescents who are behaviorally undercontrolled (e.g. impulsivity, sensationseeking) show particularly strong benefits from parental monitoring. This study examined the relationships between parental monitoring, impulsivity, drinking control and alcohol related problems. Questionnaires were administrated to 406 (178 male, 228 female) college students. Correlation coefficients were calculated to explore the strengths of relationships among variables. Findings revealed higher levels of father monitoring were linked to reduced levels of impulsivity among sons and daughters. However, higher levels of mother monitoring were linked to reduced levels of impulsivity only among males.