Drugs – A Common Bond For Girls and Their Parents

A new study shows teen girls may use drugs in an attempt to form a stronger bond with their parents, particularly their fathers. Because interpersonal relationships are more important for girls it is harder for them to understand when relationships with parents deteriorate due to lack of emotional involvement. As a result the girl may feel abandoned and neglected and try to rebuild the relationship by drug usage. The report from the National Council on Family Relations is called Drug Use with Parents as a Relational Strategy for Incarcerated Female Adolescents.