Financial Stress and Drinking During the Transition to Adulthood: The Role of Parental Financial Support

Joyce Serido, Amanda M. Pollitt, Joel A. Muraco, Katherine J. Conger, Stephen T. Russell

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We investigated the concurrent and prospective associations between financial stress and drinking during the transition to adulthood in the United States, drawing from two distinct stress and coping perspectives as competing explanations for the direction of associations: the Transactional Model of Stress and the Conservation of Resources (CoR) model. Because many emerging adults rely on continuing financial support from parents, we examined the role of parental support on these associations. We tested these associations using longitudinal structural equation modeling with data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (N = 9,026) collected at two time points: early emerging adulthood (ages 18–26) and 5 years later. Consistent with CoR, financial stress reduced concurrent drinking. Furthermore, parental financial support reduced adult children’s financial stress but increased drinking in early emerging adulthood. We discuss the findings in regard to facilitating the transition to adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-500
Number of pages11
JournalEmerging Adulthood
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol use/abuse
  • family relationships
  • longitudinal
  • parenting
  • positive youth development
  • stress
  • transitions to adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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