Navigation Links
Caring Teachers May Help Keep Kids From Trying Alcohol, Drugs
Date:3/24/2012

FRIDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- The connections youth have with their teachers may help prevent kids from experimenting with alcohol and drugs at an early age, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that students in middle school who felt more emotional support from teachers had a lower risk of early alcohol and illicit drug use. The students defined teacher support as feeling close to a teacher or being able to discuss problems with a teacher.

"Our results were surprising," Carolyn McCarty, of Seattle Children's Research Institute, said in an institute news release. "We have known that middle school teachers are important in the lives of young people, but this is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use."

Parental ties also mattered, according to the study. The researchers explained that youth who are close to or who have separation anxiety from their parents may be less susceptible to negative peer influences, including experimentation with risky behavior such as alcohol use.

"Teens in general seek new sensations or experiences and they take more risks when they are with peers," said McCarty, who is also a research associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Youth with separation-anxiety symptoms may be protected by virtue of their intense connection to their parents, making them less likely to be in settings where substance-use initiation is possible."

The study also found that middle school students who began using alcohol and illicit drugs before sixth grade had significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms, which suggests that depression may be a consequence of very early use of alcohol or drugs. It also may indicate that depression is a risk factor for alcohol and drug use before middle school, the researchers said.

The findings from the study of 521 youth in Seattle public schools appears online in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

"Based on the study and our findings, substance-use prevention needs to be addressed on a multidimensional level," McCarty said. "We need to be aware of and monitor early adolescent stress levels, and parents, teachers and adults need to tune into kids' mental health. We know that youth who initiate substance abuse before age 14 are at a high risk of long-term substance abuse problems and myriad health complications."

Although the study found an association between close relationships with teachers and parents and less risk of drug or alcohol use in middle school students, it did not prove that those relationships are the reason why those children were less likely to use drugs or alcohol.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers advice on parenting to prevent childhood alcohol use.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Seattle Children's Research Institute, news release, March 21, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Caring for Low Birth-Weight Baby Hard on Moms: Study
2. Almost 15 Million Americans Now Caring for Loved One With Alzheimers
3. Study examines phenomenon of women caring for ex-husbands
4. Family Members Caring for Veterans Sacrifice Their Own Health, Jobs
5. Study finds that caring for an elderly, sick spouse sometimes has positive elements
6. Cost of caring for stroke patients double that of earlier estimates
7. Daughters caring for a parent recovering from stroke more prone to depression than sons
8. Caring for Diabetic Pets Helps Humans Get Healthier
9. TakeThemAMeal.com Surpasses 100,000 Meal Milestone; Web Site Makes Caring For Friends and Family Easier
10. QuestNet is Recognised as a Caring Company for Three Consecutive Years
11. 2010 Caring Coalition Conference Welcomes Author Gail Sheehy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/28/2017)... ... May 28, 2017 , ... ... proud to announce that Sheldon K. Cho, MD, has joined its Winter Haven ... specialty that concentrates on minimally invasive techniques to treat and manage many types ...
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... A May 8 article ... doctor for colds or respiratory issues that are not responsive to antibiotics nevertheless obtain ... doctors may be largely responsible for the problem both in Canada and the United ...
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 27, 2017 , ... In any business, follow up is ... of your dental team at presenting treatment, there will always be some patients who ... time and money on best practices when it comes to presenting treatment. After ...
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... , ... Most us are familiar with the sound of occasional popping joints ... Initiative shows that certain people who experience consistent joint popping, grating and grinding ... the opportunity to treat patients before the problem becomes pronounced, potentially hedging off more ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... The American Parkinson ... more than eighty-nine grant submissions all vying for nearly $1,000,000 in funding that ... field.     , The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is focused on advancing scientific ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... PORTLAND, Ore. , May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... company that provides technology solutions to improve the ... reported financial results for the first quarter ended ... that our products enable our customers to identify ... them to intervene before events like heart attacks ...
(Date:5/8/2017)... -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., has completed its acquisition ... care service center company based in Chantilly, ... management programs for leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and health care ... will join Envoy Health Management, LLC , as ... firms, and other service companies. Together, WRB and EnvoyHealth ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... is Stroke Awareness Month and Omron Healthcare is reminding ... prevent a stroke: monitor and manage your blood pressure. ... undetected and uncontrolled hypertension is a leading risk factor ... personal heart health technology, recently evolved its mission to ... and is advancing a national public education effort to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: