Family Dinner White Paper

CASAColumbia’s 2012 family dinner White Paper finds that teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week) are more likely to report having excellent relationships with their parents.

Compared to teens who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week), teens who have frequent family dinners are almost one and a half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their mother and one and half times likelier to say they have an excellent relationship with their dad.

The White Paper also finds that compared to teens who say they have an excellent relationship with Dad, teens who have a less than very good relationship with their father are:

• Almost four times likelier to have used marijuana;
• Twice as likely to have used alcohol; and
• Two and a half times as likely to have used tobacco.

And compared to teens who say they have an excellent relationship with Mom, teens who have a less than very good relationship with their mother are:

• Almost three times likelier to have used marijuana;
• Two and a half times as likely to have used alcohol; and
• Two and a half times likelier to have used tobacco.

Click here to download the white paper.

For media inquiries, please contact Lauren Duran at lduran@casacolumbia.org or Ali McSherry at amcsherry@casacolumbia.org.

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