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Table 4 Cumulative score for attitudes of 234 parents towards their teenager's drinking, higher score indicative of more permissive attitudes.

From: A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking

  number mean median Inter Quartile Range p value*
Total group 234 1.9 1 0 - 3  
Gender of parent      
   Female 116 1.9 1 0 - 3  
   Male 118 1.9 1 0 - 3 NS
Age of parent      
   Under 45 yrs 109 1.7 1 0 - 3  
   45 yrs and over 125 2.1 1 0 - 4 NS
Location      
   Dublin 56 2.3 2 0 - 4 No sig diff between Dub, RoL & Muns
   Rest of Leinster (RoL) 68 2.3 1 0 - 3  
   Munster 62 1.7 1 0 - 3 Con vs Dub, <0.01 Con vs RoL, 0.04
   Connaught/Ulster 48 1.3 0 0 - 2 Con vs Munster NS
Socio-Economic Group      
   AB 29 2.7 3 1 - 4  
   C 123 1.9 1 0 - 3 AB vs C, 0.03
   DE 55 1.6 1 0 - 2 AB vs DE, 0.004
   F 27 1.6 0 0 - 3 AB vs F, 0.02
Parents drinking status#      
   Regular 50 2.8 2 0 - 4  
   Infrequent 149 1.7 1 0 - 3 reg vs infreq 0.02
   None 35 1.4 0 0 - 2 non vs reg 0.003 infreq vs non, NS
Parent had given their teenager an alcoholic drink      
   Yes 25 4.5 4 3 - 6  
   No 209 1.6 1 0 - 3 <0.001
  1. * Mann-Whitney U test
  2. # Regular drinkers consumed alcohol at least twice per week. Infrequent drinkers consumed alcohol once per week or less frequently.