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Changalwa et al

Greener Journal of  Educational Research Vol. 2 (2), pp. 013-020, March 2012

 ISSN: 2276-7789  

Research Paper

The Relationship between Parenting Styles and Alcohol Abuse among College Students in Kenya.


1Catherine N. Changalwa, 2Michael M. Ndurumo, 3Peter L. Barasa

and 4Moses W. Poipoi*


1,2Department of Educational Psychology, Moi University.

3Department of CIEM, Moi University.

4Department of Educational Psychology, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.


*Corresponding Author’s Email: wesangulamp @


Alcohol abuse has adverse health, social and economic effects. Alcohol also affects the brain’s mental functions. It is the major cause of indiscipline among college students and affects students’ academic performance. Parenting styles are a probable cause of alcohol abuse. Thus the purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between parenting styles and alcohol abuse among college students in Kaimosi Teachers Training College, Kenya. The study was based on Erikson’s (1950) psychosocial theory. The study used survey design and the target population consisted of teacher trainees drinking alcohol. A sample of 32 respondents was sampled using purposive sampling. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data. Data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics were used. The study found out that parenting styles have a significant relationship on alcohol abuse among college students.
Key words: Alcohol Abuse, Authoritarian parents, College Students, Parenting Styles, Permissive parents.

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