Parents may be largely unaware of the risks their middle-school-aged children are taking. Researchers surveyed 194 students and their parents, and found that parents and students largely agreed on the prevalence of seat belt use, diet pill use, use of bicycle helmets, and other matters. Parents significantly underestimated the prevalence of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, weapon-carrying in school, suicide attempts, and sexual intercourse, compared to responses by the students. Parental education may increase parental support for intervention and prevention services.
Source Citation:Young, Thomas L., and Rick Zimmerman. "Clueless." Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (Nov 1998): 1137(1). General OneFile. Gale. Alachua County Library District. 19 Sept. 2009
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