Aims: Research has underscored that an excessively intrusive parental style, defined as helicopter parenting, could be a risk factor for maladaptive behaviors in youth, including alcohol use and drug consumption. However, such at-risk behaviors have also been associated with low levels of parental involvement and warmth. Thus, the relationship between parental involvement and at-risk behaviors in adolescents is not clear. The purpose of the current study was to identify the relation between helicopter parenting and alcohol use in a sample of Italian youth. Design: The participants were 402 adolescents (233 female) between the ages of 14 and 19 years (Mage= 17.20, SD = 1.66). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine linear, quadratic, and exponential models and to verify which model best described the correlation. Results: The results showed a quadratic correlation between mothers’ helicopter parenting and alcohol use, whereby higher and lower levels of mothers’ helicopter parenting were associated with adolescents’ alcohol use. Conclusions: The empirical data are essential for improving our understanding of the implications and potential outcomes of helicopter parenting during adolescence.

Helicopter parenting and alcohol use in adolescence: A quadratic relation / Pistella, Jessica; Isolani, Stefano; Morelli, Mara; Izzo, Flavia; Baiocco, Roberto. - (2022), pp. 1-12. [10.1177/14550725211009036]

Helicopter parenting and alcohol use in adolescence: A quadratic relation

Jessica Pistella;Stefano Isolani;Mara Morelli;Flavia Izzo;Roberto Baiocco
2022

Abstract

Aims: Research has underscored that an excessively intrusive parental style, defined as helicopter parenting, could be a risk factor for maladaptive behaviors in youth, including alcohol use and drug consumption. However, such at-risk behaviors have also been associated with low levels of parental involvement and warmth. Thus, the relationship between parental involvement and at-risk behaviors in adolescents is not clear. The purpose of the current study was to identify the relation between helicopter parenting and alcohol use in a sample of Italian youth. Design: The participants were 402 adolescents (233 female) between the ages of 14 and 19 years (Mage= 17.20, SD = 1.66). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine linear, quadratic, and exponential models and to verify which model best described the correlation. Results: The results showed a quadratic correlation between mothers’ helicopter parenting and alcohol use, whereby higher and lower levels of mothers’ helicopter parenting were associated with adolescents’ alcohol use. Conclusions: The empirical data are essential for improving our understanding of the implications and potential outcomes of helicopter parenting during adolescence.
2022
helicopter parenting; overparenting; adolescence; alcohol use; parenting
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Helicopter parenting and alcohol use in adolescence: A quadratic relation / Pistella, Jessica; Isolani, Stefano; Morelli, Mara; Izzo, Flavia; Baiocco, Roberto. - (2022), pp. 1-12. [10.1177/14550725211009036]
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