Parents Can Mitigate Boys' Lure to Drugs

MONTREAL, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Parental monitoring of aggressive and hyperactive boys has a mitigating effect on their affiliating with deviant peers, Canadian researchers say.

First author Jean-Sebastien Fallu, a Universite de Montreal professor, and Richard Tremblay, a Universite de Montreal professor and a Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center researcher, say aggressive children are more inclined to misuse drugs than their non-aggressive counterparts, and this risk increases substantially if they also affiliate with deviant friends.


“Disruptive boys typically show a proneness to act aggressively and impulsively — these adolescents might need more external constraints from parents as compared to others who have stronger internal control,” Fallu said in a statement.

The researchers used data from a long-term investigation that tracked children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and from kindergarten through adolescence.

“Another finding of our study was that disruptive boys who were highly monitored — yet poorly attached to parents — were heavier drug users,” Tremblay said.

The findings are published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

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