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Parenting Strategies Regarding Teen Behavior: Parent and Teen Perceptions

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Abstract:

Objective: To examine parents' awareness of their adolescents' alcohol-related behavior and compare parent and teen perceptions of parent strategies to manage teen behavior. Methods: Four hundred twenty-eight parents and their adolescents were recruited via random digit dialing for telephone interviews. Results: Parents underestimated their adolescents' alcohol-related behavior. Although most parents reported appropriate parenting strategies, they relied primarily on passive strategies to supervise teen behavior. Conclusion: Parents employed a limited repertoire of strategies to manage teen behavior. Parent education programs should foster proactive parenting by broadening parents' repertoire of strategies to monitor and manage their teens' behavior.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.23.6.1

Affiliations: 1: Prevention Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research, NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, MD. 2: Department of Health Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Publication date: November 1, 1999

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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