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Preschool May Reduce Risk of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Later in Life, Study Suggests


Preschool may be an effective tool in the fight against addiction, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1,500 children found those who had attended preschool were 28 percent less likely to develop substance abuse problems.

Time reports that the study followed the children from age 3-4 to age 28. The children in the study lived in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago and most were African American. Those who attended preschool were less likely to develop alcohol and drug problems or to end up in jail or prison, the researchers found. They were 24 percent more likely to attend a four-year college, and their incomes were higher, the researchers wrote in Science. The families of the children enrolled in preschool were actively involved in the program.

Preschool had the biggest positive effect for boys and for children with the least educated parents.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Meg
    Meg / June 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have read today! It is just a way that parents get out of paying child care earlier, Kids in child care need to be with their parents, or child care providers not thrown into an all day pre-school. This is disgusting. My children mandatory or not will not be going to preschool in a school setting unless I feel it is best for them. And I am pretty sure that this wont cause them to be drug addicts!!!!!!

  2. Avatar of James C.
    James C. / June 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I would be curious to see the results if the study were done in a different socio-economic bracket or among those whose parents/guardians have higher education. My suspicion is that this study actually demonstrates the beenfits of having a nurturing environment, be it at home or day care, that supports learning. I am hesitant to believe that preschool is the main issue here, as the title indicates.

  3. Avatar of Barbara Dudley
    Barbara Dudley / June 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I must agree with the last comment. The most important factor of this study appears to be “parent involvement” w/ the school and their children. I’m not sure that Preschool is the ticket, yet, Stress Management skills starting in preschool would be an incredibly interesting study…

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