Tweens say ‘meh’ to drugs, alcohol
blog by S.J. Velasquez • March 19, 2012 @ 9:10am
A new study shows that kids age 10 to 12 have both positive and negative feelings toward alcohol and cigarettes, putting them in a prime position to be peer-pressured into picking up unhealthy habits.
The study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs was co-authored by UB psychology professor Craig Colder and Roisin O’Connor of Concordia University.
“We conducted this study to have a better understanding of what puts this group at risk for initiating substance use so we can be more proactive with prevention,” O’Connor said.
The study showed that tweens who initially associated cigarettes and alcohol with being bad for health were easily swayed into categorizing cigarettes and alcohol as being good.
“We need to be concerned when kids are ambivalent because this is when they may be more easily swayed by social influences,” O’Connor said.
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