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Don't Share Previous Drug Use With Your Kids

Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:12 PM

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A recent study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, warns parents not to share their previous drug use with their children. The evidence showed that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but did deliver a strong antidrug message, were much more likely to develop anti-drug attitudes of their own. However, parents who shared their own past drug use, even if it was on the negative side, the personal story negates anti-drug attitudes.

"I think parents are expecting that if they share their experiences this can be used as a teachable moment," said the study's lead author Jennifer Kam, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "But even when the parents say they regretted using drugs, the fact that the parents used them at all undermines the negative point they're trying to make."

Experts continue to say that parents need to talk to their kids. Sometimes, kids may get the wrong message, but positive actions and conversations with kids are important.

How do you talk with your kids about drug use?

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