Date of Award

Winter 12-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Michael B. Madson

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Bonnie C. Nicholson

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Eric R. Dahlen

Committee Member 3 School



The present study investigated the mediating role of drinking motives in the relationship between overparenting and alcohol outcomes using a sample of 207 traditional age college students (i.e., 18-25 years old; M = 19.8, SD = 1.64). Data on participant demographics, drinking motives, the practices of participants’ primary caregiver, typical weekly drinking, hazardous drinking, and alcohol consequences were collected via SONA (an online participant management software that allows researchers to collect data from a university psychology subject pool). Participants were 89.4% female and 54.1% White. Coping and conformity drinking motives partially mediated the relationships between overparenting, alcohol consequences, and hazardous drinking such that overparenting predicted greater endorsement of coping and conformity motives which in turn predicted increased alcohol consequences and hazardous drinking. Implications include coping and social based interventions for college students that come from difficult parental backgrounds as well as parental education on the potential adverse effects of overly involved parenting styles.