Monday, February 25, 2013
Talk to Your Children About Drugs
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign observed 561 middle school students. If parents set rules against drugs and told them about people’s misfortune as a result of using drugs, their children were less interested in using drugs and would stay away.
“Parents should really hit on what are the bad things that can happen, health-wise, from using drugs,” researcher Jennifer Kam told ABC News. ”They should really clearly tell kids that they disapprove of them using drugs. Also, give them strategies to avoid use or decline use in a way that makes them look cool.” She advised parents against lying. “I wouldn’t volunteer the information, but if a child asks, and a parent lies, it could impact the relationship later on,” she noted.
The study appears in the journal Human Communication Research.