Parental Messages about Substance Use in Early Adolescence: Extending a Model of Drug-Talk Styles

Jonathan Pettigrew, Michelle Miller-Day, YoungJu Shin, Janice L. Krieger, Michael L. Hecht, John W. Graham

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Abstract

This study extends a typology of parent–offspring drug talk styles to early adolescents and investigates associations with adolescent substance use. Data come from a self-report survey associated with a school-based, 7th grade drug prevention curriculum. Mixed methods were used to collect data across four measurement occasions spanning 30 months. Findings highlight the frequencies of various drug-talk styles over time (i.e., situated direct, ongoing direct, situated indirect, ongoing indirect, never talked), messages adolescents hear from parents, and comparisons of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use by drug-talk style. This study advances an understanding of parent–adolescent communication about substances and holds practical implications for drug prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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