Magazine article Personnel Journal

Parents Make Drug Prevention Work

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Parents Make Drug Prevention Work

Article excerpt

COMPANIES ARE SPREADING the Just Say No ethic to the workplace. A new program, called The Parent Connection, brings drug education to the office, teaching employees about drug prevention for their children. The Parent Connection, developed by the Work in America Institute under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was pilot tested in 1993 and 1994 with more than 900 participants from 12 organizations.

Previous studies by the Scarsdale, New York-based Work in America Institute found that, while parents want to play a positive role in steering their kids away from drugs, many feel unprepared and ill-informed.

And, with so many mothers and fathers in the work force, it's often difficult for parents to find the time between work and home to educate themselves on the topic. The Parent Connection makes the workplace a focal point for reaching this group.

"Parents are the first and most influential teachers and role models for their children," says Jerome M. Rosow, president of the Work in America Institute. "And although they want to communicate with their children, particularly on topics of importance such as drug abuse, they often feel inadequate."

The Parent Connection helps employees tackle this feeling by teaching them methods of communicating with their children about drug abuse, as well as providing facts and warning signs of alcohol and substance use. …

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