“My mom makes sure she always knows where I am, who I am with, and what time I am going to get home. She makes sure I call her to check in or if plans change, and if I don’t, she calls me. A text message isn’t a phone call; she makes sure she hears my voice.”
~ Brianna, Senior
Despite adolescents’ natural desire for increased independence from parents, studies have highlighted the central role parents can play in preventing risky behaviors, even into mid- and late adolescence. For example, according to an article published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, parental monitoring was associated with reductions in substance abuse into late adolescence, even if initiation occurred in earlier adolescence.