Contrary to popular prohibitionist belief, being open with your kids about cannabis isn’t likely to encourage them to consume it.
This seems to be one of the key takeaways from a new study by the University of Washington, which found no evidence that talking to pre-teens about alcohol, drug and tobacco use will prompt them to experiment with said substances.
The study – conducted by the UW Social Development Research Group and published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health – studied the changing behaviours of fifth- and sixth-graders via school-based surveys.
Among two groups of students – one polled in fifth and sixth grade and another polled solely in sixth grade – researchers found that substance use did not increase in the wake of survey participation.
“We hope [this] puts community members at ease about collecting data in the schools for prevention purposes. It’s a relatively unobtrusive, inexpensive method