Emerging adult's attachment styles, perceptions of communication satisfaction, parental knowledge and parental prevention strategies relationship to emerging adult's alcohol use



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This research project seeks to uncover any relationships between adult attachment styles, alcohol parental preventions strategies, parental knowledge and emerging adults perceived communication satisfaction during parent-child conversations about drinking alcohol, and their possible affects on emerging adults drinking behaviors. Results of this study indicated none of the aforementioned concepts had any effects on emerging adults drinking behaviors. However, data analysis did reveal several other correlations. Parental knowledge and parent-child communication satisfaction were found to be positively related. Additionally, this research study makes use of Miller-Day’s Parental Prevention Strategies Scale and uncovered two factorial dimensions within the scale: the Communication and Rules Approaches. Additional relationships were revealed involving each of the two prevention approaches. Paternal knowledge was found to have a direct relationship with the Rules Approach and an inverse relationship with the Communication Approach. Lastly, this research study will discuss limitations, implications and future directions.