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Latest Michael J. Cleveland Stories

2013-04-17 12:22:49

-The transition from high school to college is a particularly vulnerable time for alcohol experimentation. -A new study looks at which student characteristics may enhance parent-based interventions (PBIs). -Results indicate that teens who perceive their friends as more approving of alcohol consumption also seem to be more influenced by communication with their parents about drinking. Prior research has shown that the transition from high school to college is a particularly vulnerable...

2012-05-01 21:09:08

During high school the parents of teenagers' friends can have as much effect on the teens' substance use as their own parents, according to prevention researchers. "Among friendship groups with 'good parents' there's a synergistic effect -- if your parents are consistent and aware of your whereabouts, and your friends' parents are also consistent and aware of their (children's) whereabouts, then you are less likely to use substances," said Michael J. Cleveland, research assistant professor...

2012-01-30 11:51:24

The first few weeks of college are a critical time in shaping students' drinking habits. Now Penn State researchers have a tailored approach that may help prevent students from becoming heavy drinkers. "Research shows there is a spike in alcohol-related consequences that occur in the first few weeks of the semester, especially with college freshmen," said Michael J. Cleveland, research associate at the Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center. "If you can buffer that and get...