Ban Increasing Independence With Limits

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Allow Increasing Independence with Limits
Much research shows that adolescents do best when parents set reasonable, age-appropriate rules and expectations, and follow through with reasonable consequences for breaking rules (Simpson, 2001). Clearly stated rules and predictable consequences for breaking rules are especially important in the area of risky behavior. To the extent that it has been tested among AI youth the principle still applies. For example, Lonczak et al. (2007) found that more limit setting predicted less substance use among 13-19 year old AI / Alaskan Native youth. AI adolescents who use alcohol also report fewer parental sanctions against alcohol use than AI youth who are non-users (Oetting et al., 1988; Swim, Beauvaid, Walker, & Silk-Walker, 2011). This is perhaps especially true during early adolescence (Swim et al.), a time period when initiation of alcohol use poses special risks for long-term use and dependence (Henry et al., 2011). In Mmari et al.’s (2010) qualitative study, tribal members identified lack of appropriate parental discipline as one of the most important family risk factors for youth delinquency and violence. These and other authors point out that AI parents in recent generations have not had good role models for parental discipline due to the long-term impact of children having been taken from families and raised in boarding schools. These children, once parents themselves, were not able to draw from experiences of traditional…
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