The parents of teenagers’ friends have as much impact on their decisions about drinking and drugs as their own parents.
“I think that it empowers parents to know that not only can they have an influence on their own children, but they can also have a positive influence on their children’s friends as well,” says Penn State Professor Michael J. Cleveland. “And that by acting together—the notion of ‘it takes a village’—can actually result in better outcomes for adolescents.”
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