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NCJ Number: NCJ 173408     Find in a Library
Title: Preparing for the Drug Free Years
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Author(s): Kevin Haggerty ; Rick Kosterman ; Richard F. Catalano ; J. David Hawkins
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 12
  Series: OJJDP Family Strengthening Series
  Annotation: This Bulletin provides an overview of the PDFY (Preparing for the Drug Free Years) parenting program and summarizes results of studies of the program.
Abstract: The goal of PDFY is to empower parents of children ages 8 to 14 to reduce the risks that their children will abuse drugs and alcohol or develop other common adolescent problems. PDFY teaches parents how to reduce critical risk factors and enhance protective factors that are especially important during the late elementary and middle school years. The PDFY curriculum, based largely on the research base developed by David Hawkins and Richard Catalano, is guided theoretically by the social- development model, which emphasizes the role of bonding to family, school, and peers in healthy adolescent development. The model specifies that strong bonding to positive influences reduces the probability of delinquency and other problem behaviors. The curriculum is usually offered in a five-session, 2-hour format. Evaluation studies of PDFY have addressed two major issues. First, because the program is designed for the general public, the success of dissemination efforts has been assessed. Second, the efficacy of the program has been evaluated. Together, the evaluation studies provide promising evidence that the PDFY program is appropriate for general and diverse populations and that it can be successfully disseminated. Most important, the studies show that PDFY improves parenting practices in ways that reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors for adolescent problem behaviors. 1 table, 4 figures, and 15 references
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs ; Parent education ; Juvenile drug use ; Underage Drinking ; Parental influence
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Grant Number: DA 070-29-01A1
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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