While being honest about your past mistakes with your children may seem to be the logical move in order to ensure that they do not repeat it, a new study said that confessing your past drug habits may prove to be counterproductive.
Researchers at University of Illinois carried out a survey among more than 500 Latino and European American students between sixth and eighth grades and found that while children whose parents talked about drugs had a negative attitude towards such substances, children of parents who admitted that they had tried drugs during their younger days were less likely to view drug use in a negative light.
Advertisement"Parents may want to reconsider whether they should talk to their kids about times when they used substances in the past and not volunteer such information. Of course, it is important to remember this study is one of the first to examine the associations between parents' references to their own past substance use and their adolescent children's subsequent perceptions and behaviors", lead researcher Jennifer Kam said.
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