Parents Underestimate Teens’ Concerns About Drugs
While drugs are the number one concern for teenagers, parents underestimate how important this issue is to teens, according to data from a national telephone survey conducted earlier this year.*More than one-fourth of youths ages 12 to 17 reported that alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs were the most important problem facing people their age. Yet only 12% of parents of teenagers reported that drugs were the most important problem facing teenagers. In contrast, parents overestimated teens’ concerns with social pressuresᾰ58% of parents said that social pressures were the number one concern of teens, compared to only 21% of teenagers. Previous research has found that parents also underestimate the level of alcohol and illicit drug use by youth ( ).
While More than One-Fourth of Teens Say Drugs Are Their Number One Concern
Only 12% of Parents Perceive Drugs to Be the Number One Concern of Teens