These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth. For each question, there is a video clip on line at http://www.drugabuse.gov/family-checkup that shows positive and negative examples of the skill and additional videos and information are provided to help you practice.
- Are you able to communicate calmly and clearly with your teenager regarding relationship problems?
- Do you encourage positive behaviors in your teenager on a daily basis?
- Are you able to negotiate emotional conflicts with your teenager and work toward a solution?
- Are you able to calmly set limits when your teenager is defiant or disrespectful? Are you able to set limits on more serious problem behavior such as drug use, if or when it occurs?
- Do you monitor your teenager to assure that they do not spend too much unsupervised time with peers?
For more information on talking to your teens about substance abuse please contact the SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other resources please checkout the coalition’s website at www.vbsafecoalition.com or on Facebook – Van Buren County SAFE Coalition or on the coalition’s blog at http://vbsafecoalition.blogspot.com
Article and data provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Website.
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