New Report on Parent Awareness of Youth Substance Use

Data from the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that 17.0 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 used cigarettes in the past year, 32.9 percent used alcohol, and 13.2 percent used marijuana. Parents are encouraged to communicate with their children about drugs and alcohol, and some research has examined the extent to which parents are aware of their children’s drug and alcohol use. Studies focusing on the general population have found high levels of parent awareness of adolescent cigarette use, but awareness of alcohol use is low; findings on parent awareness of adolescent marijuana use are mixed.

Date Added: 05/06/08

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