Daddis contributes chapter to new book on parenting and teen drug use

News Release Date: 
03.18.14

Ohio State Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Christopher Daddis was one of a number of expert contributors to the recently released book, Parenting and Teen Drug Use: The Most Recent Findings from Research, Prevention, and Treatment, edited by Lawrence M. Scheier and William B. Hansen, and published by Oxford University Press, 2014.

Parenting and Teen Drug Use examines the causes and consequences of drug use, the myriad ways to prevent it, and the latest findings from the prevention research community regarding what works, with a specific emphasis on parenting techniques that have shown the most promise for reducing or preventing drug use in teens.

In their chapter, Daddis and co-author, Judith Smetana, of the University of Rochester, describe how decision making within the context of adolescent-parent relationships is best understood through the lens of the social domain theory.  They describe the balance of teen autonomy and parental control as a fundamental task of healthy adolescent development.  When describing this balance, traditional socialization theories most often focus on parenting styles as if they were the only determining factors of adolescent development.  In contrast, Daddis and Smetana argue for an alternative approach that better explains the balance by describing development of the interaction of both adolescent and parent beliefs.   The connection between this more thorough understanding of adolescent-parent relationships and the development of teen drug use is supported with descriptions of recent empirical research on teens and their parents. 

Dr. Daddis is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University, where he teaches courses on adolescent development, moral development, psychology of childhood, and statistics on the Marion campus. An expert on adolescent –parent relationships, his recent research on the development of adolescent autonomy has focused on the ways that teens actively assert control over the amount and types of information they willingly provide to their parents.