Teens and Parents Don't Report Drug Use
"Teenagers aren't the only ones who skirt the truth in admitting drug use: Their parents do it too, a new study suggests.
Teens were 52 times more likely to test positive for cocaine use than report using it, while parents were 6.5 times more likely to do the same, the researchers said. Both groups misrepresented their illicit drug use despite knowing they would undergo a drug test.
"If someone asks you a question and you don’t like the answer, it's human nature to provide a socially acceptable answer," lead researcher Dr. Virginia Delaney-Black of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, told LiveScience. "They're putting a spin on their lives and experiences, and I think it’s perfectly natural." (Delaney-Black is also a professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University in Detroit.)"