alexa Do alcohol expectancies moderate the relationship between parental alcoholism and adult drinking behaviors?


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Ohannessian CM, Hesselbrock VM

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Abstract The relations between parental alcoholism, alcohol expectancies, and adult drinking behaviors were examined among 76 offspring of alcoholics and 68 offspring of nonalcoholics. The primary goals of the present study were to examine whether maternal and/or paternal alcoholism are related to adult alcohol expectancies and to explore whether the relationship between parental alcoholism and adult drinking behaviors is moderated by alcohol expectancies. Gender differences also were assessed. Findings indicated that alcohol expectancies were not significantly influenced by parental alcoholism. Significant moderating effects for global-positive expectancies and sexual enhancement expectancies also were not obtained. In contrast, social assertiveness expectancies were found to consistently moderate the relationship between paternal alcoholism and drinking behaviors. These results indicated that offspring of alcoholic fathers with high expectations for increased social assertiveness were most "at risk" for problematic drinking, especially males. Copyright 2004 Elsevier Ltd. This article was published in Addict Behav and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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