The NSDUH Report May 28, 2009: Parental Involvement in Preventing Youth Substance Use

In 2007, most youths aged 12 to 17 believed that their parents would strongly disapprove of their having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day (89.6 percent), smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day (92.1 percent), and using marijuana or hashish once a month or more (93.3 percent). The majority of youths indicated that their parents were involved in their day-to-day activities; for example, 86.2 percent said their parents always or sometimes let them know when they had done a good job, and 80.9 percent of those who were in school said their parents always or sometimes provided help with homework. Youths’ perceptions of parental disapproval of their substance use as well as parental involvement generally decreased with age; for example, 95.8 percent of 12 or 13 year olds compared with 93.4 percent of 14 or 15 year olds and 87.4 percent of 16 or 17 year olds thought their parents would strongly disapprove of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day.


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Date Added: 6/15/09
Inventory #: NSDUH-0528

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