April 29, 2012
Methodology Center Faculty Affiliate Michael Cleveland recently published an article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs on the influence of peers’ parenting on teen substance use. The article, "Do Peers' Parents Matter? A New Link Between Positive Parenting and Adolescent Substance Use," looks at data from 9,417 ninth-grade students from 27 different rural school districts in Pennsylvania and Iowa, all participating in the Promoting School-university-community Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) study. Results from the study show that the parents of friends within a teenager’s peer group—not just the teenager’s parents—affect a student’s substance use. Dr. Cleveland's work is being featured on Penn State Live.