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Study Sugggests Warm, Yet Firm Parenting Style Best Bet To Keep Kids Off Booze

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:04:2

David Goodhue - AHN News Reporter

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (AHN) - A new study suggests being kind, yet firm is the best bet for keeping kids away from dangerous drinking behavior.

Brigham Young University researchers surveyed almost 5,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 about their drinking habits and their relationship with their parents.

They said in a statement that both extremely lenient and extremely strict parents were at a high risk of having kids who drink heavily. Parents who were reportedly low on accountability and high on warmth almost tripled their kids' risk of participating in heavy drinking.

Likewise, parents who are very strict and not very warm put their kids at an almost double risk of indulging in heavy drinking.

Kids who tended to stay away from heavy drinking reported having parents who are warm, yet established clear and firm rules and boundaries, the researchers said.

The report is published in the July edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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