The Associations of Financial Stress and Parenting Support Factors with Alcohol Behaviors During Young Adulthood

Joyce Serido, Charles Lawry, Gu Li, Katherine J. Conger, Stephen T Russell

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Abstract

This study examined concurrent and prospective associations of financial stress (financial strain, lack of financial access, public assistance) and parenting support factors (relationship quality, living at home, financial support) with young adults’ alcohol behaviors (alcohol use, heavy drinking, and problematic drinking) over a 5-year period. Analyses of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) data (N = 7,159) showed that, over the study period, alcohol use and heavy drinking declined while problematic drinking increased. In addition, living at home and parental relationship quality were associated with fewer concurrent and prospective alcohol behaviors whereas financial strain and parents’ financial support were associated with more alcohol behaviors. The implications for minimizing alcohol misuse in young adults amid uncertain economic conditions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

Keywords

  • Alcohol behaviors
  • Financial strain
  • Financial stress
  • Parental support
  • Parenting relations
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics

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