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Parental Guidance in Relation to Teen Substance Use

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Agreement between parent and adolescent substance use.
A study conducted by Neil B. McGillicuddy, Robert B. Rychtank, Elizabeth T. Morsheimer and one other examined agreements between parent and teen accounts on the teen's substance use in a group of parents with the concern and experience of problems as a result of their child's substance use.
A group of seventy five parents including their teens (76% not in treatment and the other 24% in treatment) were interviewed separately on the subject of the teen’s recent use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and other illicit drugs. Regardless of the teen's treatment status, fair-to-good similarities were found on the usage of cigarettes, alcohol frequency, marijuana and substance use frequency.
In relation to the incidence of alcohol, other drugs and the quantity of alcohol consumed per drinking day, poor similarities were found. Multiple regression analysis revealed not that many similarities on substance use frequency that took place when the teen was younger, when the awareness of the parent was low and the psychological stress of the parent was high combined with the alcohol use of the parent.
Conclusions indicated that a parent’s knowledge of their teens substance use varied with the substance used and the amount consumed. However, in the absence of a teens cooperation, parental accounts in the frequency of their child's substance use served in good stead as a fair-to-good replacement. (McGillicuddy, N., Rychtank, R.,
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