Teens who express their own views in a dispute with mom, even if they disagree, rather than quickly caving in are more likely to resist peer pressure to use drugs or alcohol, according to the researchers at University of Virginia.
When researchers studied the communication of 150 13-year old children with their moms, as well as their friendships, social skills, and alcohol use for about 3-years; they found that the teens best able to resist peer pressure were those who openly expressed their views to their mothers.
AdvertisementThe study is published in the journal Child Development.
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