ERIC Number: ED442902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
To Listen and To Learn: Exploring Opportunities To Encourage Family Communication.
Bankston, Karen, Ed.; Franklin, Diane, Ed.
This first publication in the "Who's Raising the Family" series covers the critical issue of family communications and how parents and adolescents can talk and listen to each other about alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Communication between parents and children is crucial in preventing alcohol and other drug use. While peer relationships take on increasing importance as children enter their teen years, it remains true that what parents think matters, even to teenagers. This booklet suggests some ways to encourage conversation with adolescent children and emphasizes the importance of the example that parents set in the home. Communication styles vary with different cultures and types of family structure, but no matter what communication style the family uses, setting rules for the child and sharing expectations is critical. Research makes it clear that adolescents value guidance from parents on alcohol and other drugs, but the way that guidance is offered affects how effectively the message is heard. In addition to effective communication within the family, parents must extend communication to their children's friends and the parents of those friends. Active listening to teenagers takes practice, but an open and supportive relationship will help protect the adolescent from AOD. Thirteen resource organizations are listed for further information. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cultural Differences, Drug Use, Family Communication, Family Relationship, Parents, Urban Youth
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources, 1552 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 ($6.99, plus $1.25 postage). Tel: 800-322-1468; Web site: www.wiclearinghouse.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Health and Family Services, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources.
Note: From "Who's Raising the Family?" one of a series published by Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources.