Shubashini Mathialagan, Tan Yen Teng


The main purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between parenting styles and alcohol consumption among 150 college students (males = 72, females = 78) in Segi College Subang Jaya, Malaysia. The participants’ age is between 18 to 31. Parental Authority Questionnaire (PAQ) and Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) were employed in this study. The data was treated as normally distributed and therefore the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was used to test the correlation between parenting style and alcohol consumption. A significant relationship was found between authoritarian (r = 0.246, p < 0.05) and permissive (r = -0.426, p < 0.05) parenting style and alcohol consumption among the participants. The results of this investigation indicated that if the parents are authoritarian, college students consume more alcohol, but if the parents are permissive, college students are less likely to consume alcohol. There was a negative non-significant relationship between authoritative (r = -0.024, p < 0.05) and alcohol consumption among college students found in this study. This indicated that the increase in authoritative parenting style do not significantly relate to the decrease in alcohol consumption among college students. 



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