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Teenage Substance Misuse: What Parents Do Know

esearch from the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) at the University of Buffalo published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse found that the majority of parents could accurately evaluate their teenagers' cigarette smoking and substance use. Examples of underestimation were nearly twice as likely to involve frequency of marijuana and quantity of alcohol use. Parents also were less likely to be aware of the extent of use by younger teens or if they themselves had personal problems or were using alcohol more frequently.

This study is believed to be the first to focus on families in which the teen's substance use is causing parental stress, but the teen is not necessarily in substance-abuse treatment. Previous studies have been restricted to families with teens in treatment or with no current substance use issues.

Lead researcher Neil B. McGillicuddy said:

"This study begins to disp

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