Parental Bonds Help Kids Avoid Alcohol, Drug Use

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Family Focus, parenting classes, parenting skills, discipline, self-esteemMany schools have programs to help children turn away from alcohol and substance abuse. But what matters more is a child’s involvement with his or her parents, a study of 10,000 students has found.

“Parents play an important role in shaping the decisions their children make when it comes to alcohol and marijuana,” said co-author Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. “To be clear, school programs that address alcohol and marijuana use are definitely valuable, but the bonds parents form with their children are more important. Ideally, we can have both.”

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