Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It Takes A Village to Keep Teens Substance Free

While long suspected to be the case, researchers have conducted a study where results show higher levels of parental knowledge and disciplinary consistency leading to a lower likelihood of substance use, whereas lower levels lead to a higher likelihood of substance use. 

"I think that it empowers parents to know that not only can they have an influence on their own children, but they can also have a positive influence on their children's friends as well," said Michael J. Cleveland, research assistant professor at the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center, Penn State. "And that by acting together -- the notion of 'it takes a village' -- can actually result in better outcomes for adolescents."

Read the full story and research details here.

“Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility ~ instead of anger and resentment”  ~ Author Unknown

-Tina Stevens 

About the Author: Tina Stevens is a Prevention Secretary with Preferred Family Healthcare. The prevention team works with coalitions throughout the Northern 27 counties in Missouri. She attend fairs and events to distribute information about ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) to bring awareness to our communities. In July 2012 she joined the Healthcare Home team as their secretary/care coordinator. Healthcare Home is a fairly new program in the State of Missouri that is combining Mental Health and Physical Health of our consumers to treat the whole person.

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