Parenting style and adolescent clinical severity: Findings from two substance abuse treatment studies

Douglas C. Smith, James A. Hall

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and neglectful parenting, and clinical severity of adolescent substance abuse. Data were examined from 2 substance abuse treatment outcome studies: the Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) study and Project Iowa SCY. In both studies, authoritative parenting was associated with less parent-reported substance problem severity compared to neglectful parenting. In CYT, authoritative parenting was also associated with lower conduct disorder severity when compared to authoritarian and neglectful parenting. Findings were not replicated with adolescent-reported outcomes. Lower level of care recommendations are made for authoritatively parented youth when compared to those from authoritarian and neglectful homes. Additional research should rule out shared method variance explanations and investigate whether changes in parenting practices predict substance abuse treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-463
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 29 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Drug use
  • Parenting style
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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