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ERIC Number: EJ1025790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Promoting an Alcohol-Free Childhood: A Novel Home-Based Parenting Program
Dickinson, Denise M.; Hayes, Kim A.; Jackson, Christine; Ennett, Susan T.; Lawson, Caroline
American Journal of Health Education, v45 n2 p119-128 2014
Few alcohol prevention programs focus on elementary school-aged youth, yet children develop expectancies and norms about alcohol use during the elementary school years, and many elementary school children are allowed to have sips or tastes of alcohol at home. Research on consequences of early alcohol use indicates that it can put children at increased risk of alcohol use in adolescence. Parents need guidance to understand that there are risks associated with an early introduction to alcohol and that the best course is to keep children alcohol-free. In this article we describe an innovative, theory-based program called "Mysteries, Max & Me -- Discovering How to be Alcohol-Free!" We elaborate the conceptual foundation of the program, delineate the alcohol-specific socialization objectives of the program, and describe the home-based intervention strategies used to engage parents and 9- to 10-year old children in alcohol use prevention activities. Our aims in reporting the details of this program are to encourage other investigators and health educators to focus on childhood sipping, and to provide a programmatic example that might stimulate others to develop and evaluate similar prevention strategies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A