Research Shows Early Dialogue Between Parents and Children Most Effective In Deterring Teen Tobacco, Alcohol UsePosted: May 2, 2013
Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington marketing researcher has shown.
The findings of Zhiyong Yang, an associate professor of marketing in the UT Arlington College of Business, are published in a recent edition of the Journal of Business Research. Similar findings were part of a 2010 study he published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing of the American Marketing Association.
Yang’s current work, “Demarketing teen tobacco and alcohol use: Negative peer influence and longitudinal roles of parenting and self-esteem,” argues that parental influence is a powerful tool in dissuading children from smoking and drinking in their later teen years.
His 2010 article, “The Impact of Parenting Strategies on Child Smoking Behavior: The Role of Child Self-Esteem Trajectory,” shows that dialogue between parents and teens is effective in combating risky behavior, such as tobacco and alcohol use, and that parental influences buffer the impact of other external factors such as social media and peer pressure.
“First, our conclusion is that parenting styles can be changed, and that’s good news for the parents and the teens,” Yang said, in a news release. “Second, our study shows that parental influence is not only profound in its magnitude, but also persistent and long-lasting over the course of a child’s entire life. Effective parenting plays the critical role as a transition belt to pass normative values of society from one generation to another.”
Rachel Croson, Dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, said Yang’s research sheds important light on what drives behaviors and misbehaviors.
“Marketers often study how to sell more products,” Croson said. “Dr. Yang’s work answers some important and thorny questions about how to sell less, and what parents may be able to do to help improve their children’s health and well-being.”
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Las Cruces (April 9, 2013)— The Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County and coalition partners are gearing up for an exciting after prom party, providing an alternative to drinking and partying during a time that often includes high levels of drinking among teens.
The After Party is scheduled for April 27 from midnight to 4 a.m. at the Cineport 10 in the mall. The event will be free for all Doña Ana County high school students.
UP!, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), worked with local businesses and sponsors who generously offered over $1000 in prizes as incentives for students to attend, including a 32-inch flat screen television.
Allen Theaters will provide five midnight movies at the Cineport for all high school students following prom, however students do not need to attend prom to get into the movie. The After Party will include Giant Twister, x-box, karaoke, open mic, Minute to Win It and a photo booth. Local agencies and businesses will be on hand with educational booths.
To be a chaperone for the event or to become a sponsor, contact Stephanie Armitage, UP! Coalition Coordinator, at 575.521.4794 or email@example.com.Info.
Unified Prevention! (UP!) Coalition for a Drug-Free Doña Ana County is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. For more information on the coalition, visit www.unifiedprevention.com or contact Stephanie Armitage at 575.521.4794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for our monthly UP! Coalition meeting, Thursday, March 28 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. at 301 S. Church St, Boardroom. Everyone is welcome!
Alcohol use remains widespread among college students. When students engage in high-risk drinking, there are risks of consequences not only for the drinker, but also for other individuals, including interruption of sleep and study, verbal harassment, assault, and degradation of the on-campus environment. To expand existing research, a research team led by Dr. Mark Wolfson at Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted the Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences (SPARC), a randomized community trial involving 10 universities in one Southeastern state (five intervention sites and five comparison sites) funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Now that the study is complete, Wake Forest School of Medicine will host a webinar on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST to introduce the SPARC manual as a guide to implementing the SPARC model in and around college campuses to reduce high-risk drinking behaviors and alcohol-related consequences among students. Since college drinking involves environmental factors, current research suggests coalitions need to consider methods focusing on both the campus and the community environment to reduce alcohol use and alcohol-related problems.
“We realized that high-risk drinking is not just a campus problem, and it’s not just a community problem. You have to look at the entire ecosystem,” said Wolfson.
By mobilizing a campus/community coalition, SPARC used a community organizing approach for planning and implementing environmental strategies focused on modifying social norms, policies and enforcement practices (Wagoner, Rhodes, Lentz, & Wolfson,2010; Wolfson et al., 2012). Those environmental strategies have been shown to lead to reductions in high risk-drinking and alcohol-related consequences.
“This approach worked in this study to reduce some of the important negative consequences of high risk drinking,” said Wolfson. “I think we’re now accumulating evidence that this family of approaches can be helpful to colleges.”
During the webinar, an overview of the SPARC study and the intervention will be presented. In addition, past campus/community organizers from two of the intervention universities, Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will share their experience in implementing SPARC on their respective campuses and in the surrounding community. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about the SPARC study, the manual, and implementation issues during the webinar.
Registration is required to attend the webinar, and it can be completed on the SPARC website,www.wakehealth.edu/SPARC. You will receive information via email on how to access the webinar in mid-March. For more information about SPARC, please visit the website or contact Maria Parries 336-716-6196, email@example.com or Mark Wolfson 336-716-0380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rats previously exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana, found nicotine more rewarding than rats not exposed to THC, according to new National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded research published in Neuropsychopharmacology.
Although the doses of THC used in this study were high, this research suggests that marijuana use may increase the risk for nicotine dependence. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
For a copy of the study abstract, go towww.nature.com/npp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/npp201316a.html. For a copy of theNeuropsychopharmacology press release, go to www.nature.com/npp/press_releases/jan_13.pdf. For related research being conducted at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, go toirp.drugabuse.gov/Goldberg.php. For more resources about tobacco, visit www.cadca.org/tobacco.
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