Parental Influence in Teen Drinking

An authorative parenting style that includes restricting the availability of alcohol at home can decrease the risk that adolescents will start drinking. This risk is even lower when parents are firm in this matter and model non-drinking behavior to their teens. These findings come from a longitudinal study of more than 6500 U.S. adolescents.PositiveTip: Authorative…

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Predictors of Teen Drinking

The most powerful predictors of teen drinking onset are high peer alcohol use (odds ratio, 2.9) followed by high movie alcohol exposure (2.1). Movie exposure also increased the odds of a transition to binge drinking.  These findings came after researchers controlled for demographic variables. They lend support to the age-old concept that we become what…

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Parental Connectedness: Effects of Good Parenting

This is the tenth and final post in a series of blogs about the benefits of connectedness between parents and children.A research report in 2005, from the journal known as Current Opinion in Pediatrics, explored different parenting practices and how they influence risky behaviors among youth. Researchers reviewed an abundant amount of literature on parenting and…

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Parenting Style Influences Risk for Teen Car Accidents

Can parenting style influence teen driving safety? It very much can according to a new study of more than 5000 American teenage drivers. Teens with parents who were authoritative (high control and high support) had less than one-half the accidents compared to those whose parents were uninvolved (low control and low support). Also, teenagers with…

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