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NCJ Number: 136451 Find in a Library
Title: Parenting the Substance-Abusing Adolescent: ToughLove: A Parent Self-Help Group
Journal: Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1991)  Pages:323-326
Author(s): R H Schwartz; R J Hill
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the self-help support group "Toughlove" which is aimed at parents whose children demonstrate serious antisocial behaviors.
Abstract: Parent-led, "Toughlove" meetings offer an affordable approach to coping with issues of substance abuse, alcohol abuse, and conduct disorder. Previous attempts by parents to control their children including restriction of privileges and consultations with mental health professionals failed to correct negative behaviors. Though the roots of these behaviors, including parental substance abuse and inactive parenting during the formative years, may explain the reasons for difficult conduct, these factors are not addressed in the meetings. Parents are encouraged to stress group love and avoid blame. Parent-nurturing teams act as surrogate parents to the acting-out adolescent and may intervene when a teenager needs temporary shelter. Goals include setting "bottom line" limits on behavior with specific consequences for adolescents who ignore the rules. Through group sharing, parents learn assertiveness and gradually restore their role within the family structure. 2 references
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations; Self-help programs
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Parental attitudes
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