The Effects of Family Type, Family Relationships and Parental Role Models on Delinquency and Alcohol Use Among Flemish Adolescents

Sofie Vanassche, An Katrien Sodermans, Koen Matthijs, Gray Swicegood

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Abstract

This study focused on the effects of family type, family relationships and socialization on alcohol consumption and delinquent behaviour among Flemish adolescents. Data came from the second round of the Leuven Adolescents and Families Study and were collected in 2010 by paper-and-pencil questionnaires in 10 different secondary schools (N = 1,688). The results show that children living in non-intact families are more likely to be delinquent and to drink alcohol at an age it is not legally allowed (below 16 years old). High delinquent behaviour is found among boys in single parent families and among girls in stepfamilies. For alcohol use the reverse is true. A good relationship with the same-sex parent is negatively associated with delinquency. High interparental conflict increases delinquency for boys and alcohol use for girls. Parental role models are highly important, since drinking behaviour of parents, and especially the same-sex parent, are positively associated with externalising problems of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-143
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Delinquent behaviour
  • Gender differences
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Parental conflict
  • Parental divorce
  • Role models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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