- Volume 39
This study investigated the relationship between parental control and adolescents' levels of drinking and the relationship by grades. Parental control was composed of three dimensions such as parental supervision, parental rules, and parental attitude toward respondents' drinking. Respondents' levels of drinking were broken down into no use, occasional use, experimental use, and heavy use based on the frequencies of drinking. This study found that parental supervision and parental attitude toward respondents' drinking were negatively related to respondents' levels of drinking. When the effect of respondents' grades was considered in the elaboration models, parental supervision was still significantly related to respondents' levels of drinking. Parental rules and parental attitude were significantly related to respondents' levels of drinking in the second-year respondents and the third-year respondents respectively. The strength of this study was to provide important preventive interventions. That is, prevention program should be designed to strength parental control. Social workers dealing with adolescents' problems including drinking should teach parents to set dear rules for adolescents' behavior, to monitor their behavior consistently, and to guide them the risks of potential social influences that may lead them to drink.