ERIC Number: ED362819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Community-based, Family-focused Prevention of Youth Substance Use.
Dabrowski, Renee M.; And Others
Two community-based, family-focused programs were developed to intervene with risk and resiliency factors (self-esteem, assertiveness, and family and peer relations) hypothesized to impact on drug abuse. Both programs served youth and their parents or guardians. Substance Use Prevention and Education Resource Through Arts and Recreation (SUPER STARS) targeted youth between the ages of 6 and 10. Substance Use Prevention and Education Resource (SUPER II) targeted youth aged 11 to 17. Significant findings in SUPER STARS evaluation included an increase in racial pride and problem solving skills for parents and an increase in cultural awareness for youth. In SUPER II, significant findings included an increase in assertiveness and self-esteem of youth, and an increase in knowledge of drugs and knowledge of communication in both youth and parents. Although the participants' reported drug use was minimal both before and after the program, strengthening resiliency factors may help protect these youth from future drug use. These findings offer support for the implementation of multi-faceted prevention and intervention efforts to prevent and reduce the incidence of substance use among high-risk youth. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (39th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1993).