Title

Development and Initial Evaluation of a Web-Based Program to Increase Parental Awareness and Monitoring of Underage Alcohol Use: A Brief Report

Authors

Authors

P. C. Brown; M. E. Dunn;A. J. Budney

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Child Adolesc. Subst. Abus.

Keywords

adolescent; alcohol; monitoring; Web-based program; PREVENTIVE INTERVENTIONS; URBAN YOUTH; ADOLESCENT; OUTCOMES; SCHOOL; Substance Abuse

Abstract

The development of a Web-based parent-focused intervention to improve parental awareness and monitoring of adolescent alcohol use was preliminarily evaluated. Upon completion of baseline assessment, 67 parents were randomly assigned to the experimental Web-based parent-focused intervention or an assessment-only control condition. Participants who completed the experimental program, relative to control participants, significantly improved knowledge of problems related to underage drinking (p<.01) while improvements in overall monitoring of their children approached significance (p=.08). Improvements in monitoring by experimental participants, relative to controls, were pronounced in phone monitoring (p<.01) and indirect monitoring (p=.05). Participants in this study improved their communication about alcohol from pre- to post-intervention regardless of intervention. There were no statistical between-group differences found regarding underage drinking attitudes. This pilot evaluation demonstrates that this program warrants further examination in controlled trials with greater power. Study implications are discussed in light of results.

Journal Title

Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse

Volume

23

Issue/Number

2

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

109

Last Page

115

WOS Identifier

WOS:000330262700006

ISSN

1067-828X

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