The Partnership at Launches New Parent Resource to Help Prevent Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Science-Based Tool Combines Parenting Principles into Action-Oriented Resource

New York, NY, March 13, 2012 –the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, in collaboration with Philadelphia-based Treatment Research Institute (TRI), has released a new tool to help parents and caregivers prevent adolescent drug and alcohol problems.

TheSix Components of Effective Parenting,” based in scientific research, is the product of a new Parents Translational Research Center – a collaborative effort of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and TRI. The resource is comprised of “how-to” parenting tips organized around six principles specifically designed for parents, guardians and other caregivers who need to play an active role in helping prevent substance abuse in their families. Research consistently shows that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who do not get that critical message at home.

“This is the latest product of our collaboration with the Treatment Research Institute, but the first to be developed as part of the Parents Translational Research Center,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “This effort is just one way that we’re translating the brilliant scientific research and expertise at TRI into action-oriented tools to help parents keep their kids safe from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.”

“Parents can be confident that the common sense tips on this website are derived from the best information that current science offers for interacting with children in ways to prevent or manage substance use problems,” said Kimberly Kirby, PhD, Center Director for the Treatment Research Institute. “We wanted to provide a reliable resource that was both research-informed and user-friendly.”

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