Parenting style and family dynamics can play a key role in drug use prevention among young people. Families can act as powerful protective forces in the health development of children and adolescents. In the same vein, families can be a destructive factor in the wellbeing of children and adolescents and can indeed contribute to substance abuse and risky behaviour.
In light of this, family skills training can be utilized as an important intervention to prevent substance abuse. Family skills training basically help to promote a familial environment of trust and care in order to build full relationships which can help children and adolescents avoid substance abuse.
According the recently published United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) “Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Use Prevention” family skills training programmes combine: (a) training of parents to strengthen their parenting skills; (b) training of children in personal and social skills; and (c) family practice sessions. Continue reading