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Protective Parenting Reduces the Influence of Discrimination on Binge Drinking by Black Young Men

Black men who live in rural areas experience escalating rates of binge drinking during emerging adulthood. Researchers hypothesized that exposure to racial discrimination would predict growth in these binge-drinking trajectories and that protective parenting would reduce the influence of racial discrimination on such growth in binge drinking. Multigroup comparison procedures indicated that significant moderation by these young men was observed due to protective parenting. When protective parenting was high, racial discrimination had no significant influence on rates of young men’s binge drinking. Study findings underscore the importance of the emerging adult transition as a period of vulnerability and suggest directions for targeting alcohol preventive interventions.
This paper, “Racial Discrimination, Protective Parenting, and Binge Drinking Among Emerging Adult Black Men,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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