A new study suggests that parents of teens’ friends can have just as much influence on their substance use as their own parents.
Other parents can condone alcohol or drug use, or not even be aware that it’s going on among teenagers. Study author Michael Cleveland of Penn State University said, “If your parents are consistent and aware of your whereabouts, and your friends’ parents are also consistent and aware of their (children’s whereabouts, then you are less likely to use substances.”
The study involved asking 9,000 ninth graders about their closest friends, their own parents’ discipline style, and if their parents knew their friend groups. After one year, the teens were surveyed about their substance use. The study can empower parents of their significant influence on not only their children but other children as well.
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