Lindsay Lohan’s mom, Dina Lohan, is doing the talk show circuit. In spite of her daughter’s well-publicized drug abuse and jail time, mom still appears to be in denial. Is it a case of celebrity blinders, or par for the course in any dysfunctional family setting?
Dina Lohan in Denial over Daughter’s Drug Abuse?
With Lindsay Lohan jail time pictures finally moving off the front pages of the tabloids, Dina Lohan is once again fueling the fires by making her rounds on the morning talk show circuit. US Magazine recounts her latest appearance with Matt Lauer on Today, which yielded the somewhat stunning suggestion that Lindsay “has no problem with drugs or alcohol.”
Even though Dina is no stranger to her daughter’s frequent – thus far unsuccessful – stints in rehab, she nevertheless asserts that drug abuse is not a concern. Instead, she places the blame for any alleged issues that Lindsay Lohan might be facing squarely on the shoulders of the tabloids and the paparazzi. Is she in denial over a well-documented case of drug abuse?
Parents in Denial: Drug Abuse among Kids Frequently Takes Place under Mom and Dad’s Nose
It is noteworthy that denial over a child’s drug abuse is not uncommon. Helping Hands quotes annual back-to-school survey responses gathered by Columbia University, which reveal that while parents were present, nearly a third of teens and 50 percent of 17-year old youngsters abused alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, Ecstasy and cocaine.
The study’s chairperson minces no words. “Teen drinking and drugging is a parent problem,” Helping Hands quotes Joseph Califano Jr. as saying. “Too many parents fail to fulfill their responsibility…they have no idea how drug- and alcohol-infested their teens’ world is.” Denial over their kids’ drug abuse is numerically quantifiable.
Roughly 80 percent of parents held the belief that booze and weed were not available at parties their kids attended. This stands in stark contrast to the 50 percent of surveyed kids who reported that either one or both drugs were readily available. Another interesting disconnect of parental denial is the suggestion that 98 percent of parents proclaimed to be present during teen parties, while only two-thirds of kids verified the sentiment.
Does Dina Lohan Fit the Classic Profile of a Parent in Denial?
There is little doubt that tabloids have affected the life and behavior of Dina Lohan’s daughter. That said, tabloids were not instrumental in earning Lindsay jail time. A DUI conviction accomplished this feat. Whether or not she is in denial, Dina (and really any parent) will be wise to take to heart the advice offered by Califano Jr.: “Wake up and smell the pot and beer.”