Research Shows that Children Emulate Parental Behavior at Surprisingly Young Ages
Important Information for Parents Provided by School Community Intervention Program (SCIP)
December 09, 2005
The Associated Press reported
that parent who smoke or drink influence the behavior of their
children at a surprisingly young age.
Researchers studied the
behavior of 120 children ages 2-6. They were told to choose from
133 items to get a Barbie doll ready for a night on the town.
Preschoolers whose parents smoked were more likely to choose
cigarettes as part of the ensemble, while those whose parents drank
were more likely to choose wine or beer. Children who watched R or
PG-13 rated movies at home were five times more likely to choose
percent of the children chose cigarettes, and 61 percent chose
alcohol. Those whose parents smoked were about four times more
likely to pick out cigarettes, while those whose parents drank
monthly or more frequently were three times more likely to choose
watched the study through a two-way mirror were often shocked at
their children's actions. One commented, "It's a very humbling
experience to be a parent and see your children mimic your
The study was
published in the September 2005 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics
and Adolescent Medicine.
interesting facts (provided by PRIDE-Omaha; May/June
Did you know?
. . .
percent of children who died in alcohol-related traffic crashes
were passengers of drinking drivers.
five drivers (21%) aged 15 to 17 years old are considered binge
ten 15-17-year-old drivers reported driving after consuming
in the United States dies every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related
the most commonly consumed by people stopped for alcohol-impaired
driving or involved in alcohol-related crashes.
percent of drivers arrested for DUI reported that beer was their
alcoholic beverage of choice.