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LIVERPOOL, England, Apr 02, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A British study finds that teens whose parents are indulgent and fail to set rules are more likely to use the drug ecstasy.

The Telegraph reports that indulged teens also tended to use the drug at younger ages and to keep on using it for longer. The same pattern held for cocaine and heroin but was not as marked.

The newspaper reported on a study by a team from Liverpool John Moores University that surveyed 86 ecstasy users and 82 non-users on their drug use and family life.

"Indulgent parents may offer support and warmth but maybe they think it is nice to do what they want," said lead researcher Catharine Montgomery. "We found that this kind of lack of control was the most important predictor of ecstasy use."

Montgomery said that teens with parents who were warm while providing clear rules appear to be the least likely to use drugs.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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