April 25, 2017

CY reports parent attitude shift

Connecting Youth recently announced highlights of a web survey it conducted with Chittenden South Supervisory Union parents over the summer as part of a grant study with the Vermont Department of Health.

The survey was part of a project aimed at addressing underage drinking. The project includes a parent social marketing campaign called “Lead by Example,” which aims to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking, the effects of alcohol use on adolescent brain development and positive parenting strategies to prevent teen alcohol use.

During the campaign, CY reported a slight shift in key parental attitudes and behaviors around underage drinking, including:

Parents who disagreed with the statement “Allowing use at home teaches teens to drink responsibly” went from 56 percent in 2009 to 68 percent in 2012.

Parents who disagreed with the statement “It is OK for people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol” went from 63 percent in 2009 to 75 percent in 2012.

Parents who said they would never allow their teen to drink alcohol at home went from 50 percent in 2009 to 57 percent in 2012.

Parents who said they were “aware of the legal penalties around serving alcohol to minors” went from 74 percent in 2009 to 83 percent in 2012.

For more information or to get involved, contact CY Program Director Christine Lloyd-Newberry at 802-383-1230 or cnewberry@cssu.org.

—Observer staff report


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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