ERIC Number: ED427093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Urban School-Community Parent Programs To Prevent Drug Use. ERIC/CUE Digest, Number 130.
This digest briefly discusses some ways to involve families in their children's drug prevention education. Helping children and teenagers stay away from drugs and those who use and sell drugs is an important job in which parents and other close relatives play the most important role. Because youth experiment with drugs for the same reasons they engage in other negative behaviors, the most effective prevention programs concentrate on helping them develop effective ways to manage stress in their lives. Drug prevention education is a natural component of family resource centers, common in urban schools. Parent and school collaboration is important in preventing drug use. Many parents are reluctant to work with schools, because of their own past negative experiences or feelings that separate them from school personnel, but efforts can be made to recruit parents and then to education them about drugs and prevention efforts. To encourage parent participation in school drug prevention programs, schools should work to create an atmosphere of trust. Outreach efforts should be respectful of parents' innate abilities and their linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Parents can also engage in activities independently to share information and thoughts in their families. Effective school and family collaborations to prevent youth drug use require mutual respect, an accurate understanding of the concerns of community members, and an ongoing commitment of time and energy by all concerned. (SLD)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.