Reducing the Use of Marijuana in Adolescents Through Parental Monitoring

Out of all the drugs which adolescents use, marijuana is considered to be the one which is the most widely used. 42% of seniors in high school are found to have admitted experimenting using the drug. Continued use of this drug is shown to result in a number of consequences which are quite serious such as depression, cardiovascular diseases, and impaired cognitive activities along with some types of cancer. Thus, it is important that adolescents do not make use of marijuana and because of it; a number of medical as well as behavioral scientists have been working on.

Parents are seen to be the best way of preventing marijuana use and a number of studies have been conducted which have focused on this factor. Parental monitoring in particular where parents are well aware of where their child is going, who he/she is with and what they’re doing is of critical importance and has been found to have attenuated a number of negative behaviors such as gambling, use of drugs as well as sexual activity. While parental monitoring has been effective in such instances, its link with marijuana is still not very clear. If an adolescent uses this drug, chances are he does so without telling his parents in comparison to other behaviors which he may be open about. Despite there being an uncertainty as to whether or not parental monitoring is effective in preventing the use of drugs and marijuana by adolescents, large sums of money are being spent on programs and campaigns in the media to help parents in preventing this particular behavior of their children.

Psychologists from Claremont Graduate University by the name of Andrew Lac and William Crano engaged in the review of a number of studies to examine whether or not a connection exists between the use of marijuana in adolescents as well as parental monitoring. 17 studies were selected from the existing literature by these psychologists and these contained around 35,000 participants. The criteria on the basis of which these studies were selected include the participation of the adolescents, that main focus was given to the use of the drug and that monitoring by parents was something which the adolescent himself evaluated through self-report measures rather than the parent himself reporting his own behavior.

Results of their study were reported in the present issue of Perspectives on Psychological Sciences which is a journal of Association for Psychological Science and revealed that a strong and a very reliable link did exist between parental monitoring as well as a decrease in the use of marijuana amongst adolescents. Strong effects were also found mostly in studies which were female only.

The authors did state that their review suggests that parents are in no way irrelevant even when such secretive and illegal behaviors of children are concerned. According to them, the results of their review could help in programs aimed at preventing the use of marijuana and can target parents and offer insight into removing this risky behavior of children.

Profession – Class Combinations in WOTLK

Are you confused as to which profession combination can work well with your class choice? I decided to write a quick guide to all new players who aren’t sure which professions would work well for them.

Plate Wearers – If you are a plate wearer (death knight, warrior, paladin) you would do well going with blacksmithing/mining combinations or engineering/mining. Blacksmiths is very useful for making weapons and armor. While mining can either provide the materials for blacksmithing or provide you with some way of making money to pay for expenses. While engineering provides you with cool gadgets and abilities that can aid you in pvp or in farming gold for WOTLK.

Cloth Wearers – If you are a cloth wearer (mage, priest, warlock) I suggest going with tailoring an enchanting. Tailoring allows you to create armor to help you while leveling. However it is self sufficient so you aren’t required to take another profession. However if you want to take another profession enchanting is the only other self sufficient profession out there. Plus greens you make with tailoring can help to raise enchanting.

Leather/Mail wearers – If you are a leather wearer (druid, rogue) or a mail wearer (shaman, hunter) you might consider going with leather working. This allows you to make leather armor at lower levels and then at higher levels it gives you the choice of specializing in armor classes (mail or leather). Skinning is the gathering profession that works best with leather working. It also provides a way of making quick, easy money to pay for other expenses. Skinning is a great way to farm gold in WOTLK.

Summoning the Magic Inside by Becoming a Warlock in World of Warcraft

Like it or not, Warlocks rule! They belong to one of the most magical classes of beings in World of Warcraft. Warlocks are an ancient class which have mastered the dark arts of flame, shadow, and demonic energy. One reason why so many players choose this class is the ability to plague their enemies with curse and disease, lightning and natural disaster. Warlocks can also invoke demons to aid them in battle. They are a significant part of any combat-based raid because they add special talents intangible to Warriors, Rogues and other combat type classes of characters.

If you happen to be a Warlock, get yourself a guide, some useful advice, and prepare to dominate Azeroth. If you’re on the receiving end of the blows, prepare to be cursed, paralyzed, and face other maladies which will halt your game. Or join their team. Warlocks, besides doing the most damage, can also do the most healing. Using the summoning ritual, Warlocks can summon players from any locale in the Warcraft setting-which is a helpful tool in a tricky situation.

As a Warlock, you will also be able to use magical items such as health stones which heal wounded players. They can also heal themselves. If a teammate dies, Warlocks may use the charm of the soul stone, which will bring a player back from the dead. After this, of course, any damaged gear will have to be upgraded by dropping a few bits of gold, but at least that recently deceased teammate will be alive again.

Warlocks must be careful to keep balance between themselves, their magic, and the demons they summon. As a Warlock you have to be constantly aware of the dangers of corruption-since you’re dealing with dark magical powers.

WotLK Death Knight Guide to Talent Trees

In the Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft will be introduced to its first Hero class, the Death Knight. Many players are anxious to play this new melee/casting hybrid class and experiment with the new talent tree. The class should prove interesting to play, as it offers several different options of play, including tanking, support, and even some off healing.

The blood talent tree focuses on physical damage dealing abilities and is well suited for tanking and sustained DPS on single targets. The Death Knight self healing also helps minimize down time, which makes it popular for leveling. At the higher levels this build will allow for several options in Raids as an off-tank or DPS role.

The frost talent tree is used for critical burst damage with focus being on spells and control. There are no dedicated Frost builds that truly take advantage of everything the build has to offer, with most builds including a mix of either Blood or Unholy Talents. A combination of frost and unholy talents work well for PvP, while those looking to tank should stick with a mix of frost and blood talents.

The Unholy Tree focuses on spells, summons and diseases, as well as PvP focused abilities. These also make for decent tanking qualities and hybriding for DPS builds.

The Death Knight should prove not only to be a mighty opponent, but also a very adaptable group member. Once the expansion has been out for awhile and players have had a chance to play around with different builds for various situations, we should start to see some standardized builds.

WoTLK Leveling

Prepare yourselves, all World of Warcraft players! There will be a large amount of changes that will be implemented when the highly anticipated WotLK expansion is released, including an assortment of new heroes such as the Death Knight, new skills, destructible terrain and most importantly, the ability to advance your heroes to level 80.

There will be some changes with the levelling system when WotLK is released. According to official sources released by Blizzard, how you level up your characters and the amount of time it takes for you to reach level 80, your character’s full potential, will depend on your gameplay style. This means that there will probably other players who may be advancing faster than you are, because they are following leveling guides. These leveling guides were made specifically to help WoW players, beginner to advanced, stay one step ahead of other gamers. These guides also often form the best characters online.

The expansion will open up completely new realms of PvP battles including Wintergrasp, the completely new outdoor zone battle. Players will be able to take control of siege weapons to assist in the battles. Blizzard has promised there to be numerous customer characterizations that will greatly increase the diversity of gameplay and give knowledgeable players an edge over others.

If you are one of the players in WoW who are serious about winning, having the best items and customizations and leveling much faster than others, you might want to consider obtaining a leveling guide that will not only help you pick out the best choices for your class, but also help you become one of the most flexible players in WotLK to adapt entirely to the new environment and use it to your advantage.