ERIC Number: ED435868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Back to School 1999--National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse V: Teens and Their Parents.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
This national survey examines the family characteristics and relationships that contribute to a teen's substance abuse risk. It provides insights that can help parents develop in their children the will and skills to resist the lure of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. One thousand boys and 1,000 girls age 12-17, and 1,000 parents (536 mothers and 464 fathers) were surveyed. The two most striking conclusions found were: many dads are AWOL in the battle against substance abuse and this greatly increases the risk that their children will smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs; and Parent Power (parental influence) has tremendous untapped potential to help children resist substance abuse. Drug use in schools was also examined. Some positive results were found. The percentages of teens citing drugs as their biggest problem, teens reporting that the drug situation in school is getting worse, and teens who have never had a serious conversation with their parents about the risk of using illegal drugs have decreased. The percentages of teens who do not expect to use drugs in the future and teens who attend a drug-free school have increased. A copy of the survey with data frequencies for each question is provided within the appendix entitled "The Survey Methodology." (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.