The comorbidity of depressed mood and college student drinking causes consequences for both the individual and society. Aspects of parenting have been shown to be important for college students’ well-being. While some interventions are beginning to address this population, few studies have examined how parental monitoring impacts the relationship between depressed mood, alcohol use, and related consequences.
A study examined whether perceived parental monitoring moderated the relationship between depressed mood and alcohol use and related problems using a survey of 796 students, completed during the fall semester of their first two years of college at a large, public university. The survey assessed drinking and related negative consequences, maternal and paternal monitoring, and depressed mood. Results revealed that maternal and paternal monitoring moderated the relationship between depressed mood and typical weekly drinking, and depressed mood and consequences (i.e., selfperception, self-care, blackouts).
The authors suggest that interventions should be tailored to parents based on considerations of both student mental health and alcohol use.
Source: Examining parental monitoring as a moderator of the relationship between depressed mood and alcohol use and problems. Geisner IM, Trager BM, Hultgren BA, Larimer ME, Mallett KA, Turrisi R. J Am Coll Health. 2018 Feb 16:1-25.