The Role of Parenting in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Latino Adolescents

J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2013 Apr 1;22(2):120-132. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2012.730359. Epub 2013 Feb 7.


Parents can impact adolescent substance use, but it is unclear which substances are most affected. This study compared associations between parenting behaviors and alcohol and tobacco use to see if parenting was equally related to both behaviors. Alcohol and tobacco use data were collected from 252 Latino adolescents living along the San Diego-Tijuana border. Logistic regression was used to test parenting behaviors' impact. Parenting was protective against alcohol use, but not related to tobacco use. Substance using peers affected both alcohol and tobacco use. Alcohol prevention efforts among Latino adolescents should target parenting behaviors.

Keywords: Latinos; adolescents; alcohol; parental influence; tobacco.