Strict Parenting Can Curb Teen Drug Abuse
Researchers say strict parenting can curb teen drug abuse
WASHINGTON - Parents who impose strict rules on their teenagers have a better chance of raising drug-free children, but most set few rules or none at all, a research center said Wednesday.
Sixty-one percent of 12- to 17 -year-olds are at risk of abusing cigarettes, alcohol or.
drugs, says a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. The study found that teenagers living in "hands-off" house! holds were twice as likely to abuse drugs as the average teenager, and teenagers with absentee parents were four times as likely to abuse substances as children in highly structured, "hands-on" homes.
"Mothers and fathers who are parents rather than pals can greatly reduce the risk," said Joseph Califano, chairman of the Columbia University-based center. Results were based on telephone interviews with 1,000 youth ages 12 to 17.
"Hands-on" parents consistently took actions that included turning off the TV during dinner; banning music with offensive lyrics; finding out where their children were after school; imposing curfews; assigning regular chores; and eating dinner with their children at least six nights a week.