As young children become teenagers, often parents take a few steps back and become less involved in their lives. But research conducted by the Community Preventive Services Task Force demonstrated that teens whose parents are engaged in their lives are more likely to practice healthy behaviors and be academically successful. The Task Force is an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health and prevention experts appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on community issues and develop appropriate solutions.
According to the research, students with engaged parents are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, be sexually active and become pregnant. They tend to be more emotionally stable, attend school regularly, score better on tests and have higher grades.
Review the differences engaged parents make in their teens’ lives: