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NCJ Number: 164008 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Alcohol and Other Drug Use by Strengthening Community, Family, and Youth Resiliency: An Evaluation of the Creating Lasting Connections Program
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Research  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1996)  Pages:36-67
Author(s): K Johnson; T Strader; M Berbaum; D Bryant; G Bucholtz; D Collins; T Noe
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 32
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Creating Lasting Connections 5-year demonstration project was designed to delay the onset and reduce the frequency of alcohol and other drug use by high-risk youth between 12 and 14 years of age by positively impacting resiliency factors in three domains: church, family, and individual (youth).
Abstract: Major project components included church-community mobilization, parent-guardian training, youth training, early intervention services, and followup case management services. The project design emphasized wellness, health promotion, and resiliency factors rather than pathology and a deficit orientation to drug use and abuse prevention. The project was implemented in several church communities in rural, suburban, and inner-city settings. Evaluation of the project employed a true experimental design with repeated measures over a 1-year period. Results showed the program successfully engaged churches and communities in drug abuse prevention activities and produced positive direct effects on family and youth resiliency, as well as moderating effects on the onset and the frequency of alcohol and other drug use. The project produced positive effects on youth resiliency consistent with the project message. These effects included increased use of community services when personal or family problems arose, increased bonding with mothers, increased bonding with fathers and siblings, increased leveling communication, and more community involvement. 47 references and 8 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Parent and child education; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; Religious programs; Underage Drinking
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