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Although parents believe they must play the central role in preventing their children from using alcohol and illegal drugs, they frequently feel they lack the skills and information to get their message across, a new study by the National pta suggests.

The study was the first step in the organization's effort to develop a $1-million alcohol- and drug-prevention program with the gte Corporation. It was based on interviews with eight groups of parents of 4th- through 8th-grade students in four cities.

Many parents are uncomfortable talking about drugs, researchers found, and think they need more information about the substances' effects. Most also said they wanted videotapes and other materials on the issue.

More than 300 programs providing services for teen parents and their children are described in a new directory published by the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.

The directory also lists key contacts on teen parenting and child-care programs for each state.

Copies of "Learning Together: A National Directory of Teen Parenting and Child Care Programs" are available for $20 each from the Publications Department, Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, Mass. 02181.

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