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My aim is to see if parents expectations of their child's drinking habit would become reality.
115 parents were asked to guess how much alcohol their child regularly drank or would drink over the coming year
A year later 115 children were asked to say how much alcohol they actually consumed
I found that the children who drank the most alcohol were the ones whose parents had predicted a greater use of alcohol. It only took one parent to have a negative opinion about their child's drinking habits to show a relationship with high levels of drinking. However the child had a greater risk of higher alcohol use if both parents held negative beliefs.
The study showed that a parents prediction of their child's alcohol use was very accurate. The parents expectations were consistent with alcohol use after 12 months. it could be concluded that this is a self-fulfilling prophecy because what the parents expected came true. This study may show that a parents belief can have a massive influence on a child's behaviour.
The weaknesses of my study was that: -Parent may have not influenced their children at all, they might just be accurate at judging their childs alcohol use -Many other people influence children so there could be other explanations -The study only shows a correlation -The questionnaire may have resulted in social desirability bias
The strengths of my study was that: -There was large sample of participants -The study gives a strong warning to parents about having negative beliefs about their children
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