-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Does your teen often
disagree with your views -- and let you know exactly why he or she
knows you're wrong? Is your teen able to make well-reasoned, albeit
annoying, arguments for being able to stay out later, or not
cleaning the bedroom?
Their assertiveness might be trying, but there's a silver
lining: A new study finds that teens who stand up for their views
in family discussions are better at standing up to their friends
who pressure them to drink or use drugs.
The study appears Dec. 22 in the journal
Researchers from the University of Virginia gathered information
on drug and alcohol use among a diverse group of 150 teenagers.
They also examined the teens' social skills and friendships as well
as how they communicated with their moms.
The study found the teens that were best able to resist peer
pressure were those who openly expressed their views with their
mom. These teens also used reasonable arguments instead of whining
or using insults to influence their mother's opinion on common
issues, such as grades, household rules, money and chores.
"The healthy autonomy they'd established at home seemed to carry over into their relationships with peers," said study leader Joseph Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, in a journal news release. "It may be that teens who are secure in their ability to turn to their mothers under stress are less likely to end up feeling overly dependent upon their close friends, and thus less likely to be influenced by their friend's behavior when it's negative."
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
provides information for teenagers on
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