…for drug use. This stuff seems pretty basic and self-evident, but gentle reminders never hurt. We all play our parts, even those of us who don’t have kids.
Info taken from National Institute on Drug Abuse: Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents ( http://www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/prevention/InBrief.pdf ).
Risk Factors (Setting) Protective Factors
Early aggressive behavior (Individual) Self control
Lack of parent supervision (Family) Parental monitoring
Substance abuse (Peer) Academic competence
Drug availability (School) Anti-drug policies
Poverty (Community) Strong neighborhood attachment
Early Warning Signs….
- lack of attachment and nurturing by parents/caregivers
- ineffective parenting
- caregiver who abuses substances
- strong parent/child bond
- parental involvement
- clear limits and consistent enforcement of discipline