Moms who have used drugs in the past, and confess it to their teen children, are doing the right thing for their kids, according to a University of Alberta research.
In a survey of 3,530 Alberta youth Grades 7 to 12, it was found that teens were more likely to use drugs if they knew that their mothers had used drugs but did not pressure their kids to avoid the practice.
"The findings suggest that adolescents might benefit from parental talks about the dangers of drug use, especially when their mothers have experience with drugs," said researcher Lori Harach, a professor of human ecology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
She suggested: "That factor may give extra credibility to the messaging in the eyes of the teen."
Harach presented her findings recently at a conference organized by the Society for Research in Child Development.