The Effect Of Parent Workshops On The United States

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Alcohol remains the most commonly used substance among youth in the United States with use rates far exceeding that of other substances. Nationally, almost half of all tenth graders and thirty percent of eighth graders drink alcohol (Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2015). Teen alcohol use results in the death of 4,700 youth per year (Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2015). In Texas, 67% of high school students have used alcohol at least once in their lifetime and 36% drank alcohol in the past month (Texans Standing Tall, 2013). Parents commonly ignore or underestimate the problem of underage drinking. While one is six teens binge drink, only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks (Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2015). Many schools participate in prevention programs such as Red Ribbon Week, Shattered Dreams, and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). While schools have realized the need for alcohol education programs, they tend to lack a component that engages parents. This research will assess the effectiveness of parent workshops in reducing underage drinking. The intervention will be family focused. Family focused interventions typically target risk factors that are unique to each family. Some of these factors include bonding, parenting styles, techniques for disciplining and how involved the parents are in the teens lives (Spoth, Greenburg, and Turrisi, 2009). This research will be based on the following research question: How do parent alcohol

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