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Your Health Oct-9: Strict parents influence their teens' friends

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To strict parents: research has got your back! It shows that you not only have a positive influence in your child's life, but also his or her friends.

The new study suggests that mothers who are strict with their teen children also influence the behavior of their teens' friends.

In fact, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers found the friends were 40 percent less likely to get drunk, 38 percent less likely to binge drink, 39 percent less likely to smoke and 43 percent less likely to smoke marijuana, compared with friends of teens whose mothers were less strict.

They describe 'authoritative parenting' as using a style that balances warmth and communication with appropriate control and supervision.

The report appears in the online edition of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

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