Research suggests that rates of substance use among youths are lower among those
whose parents disapprove of substance use than among those whose parents
do not disapprove. The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
asks youths aged 12 to 17 to report how they thought their parents would
feel about their trying marijuana/hashish once or twice, having one or
two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day, or smoking one
or more packs of cigarettes per day.2 The survey also asked about use
of marijuana/hashish, alcohol, and cigarettes during the month before
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA's Office
of Applied Studies. (2002, AugustÃš28). NHSDA Report: Parental Disapproval
of Youths' Substance Use (NHSDA Series: H-13 ed.) Ãš(NCADI
Publication No. PHD856, DHHS Publication No. SMA 01-3549)Washington,DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
The percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 indicating that their parents
would strongly disapprove of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes
per day increased from 87.8 percent in 2000 to 88.9 percent in 2001.
The percentage of youths who felt that their parents would strongly
disapprove if they had one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly
every day increased from 87.9 percent in 2000 to 88.9 percent in 2001.
The percentage reporting strong parental disapproval about trying marijuana
or hashish once or twice remained consistent from 2000 to 2001 at 89.5
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration. (2002, September). Results
from the 2005 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary
of National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NHSDA Series H-17
SMA 02-3758)Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.