Study Declares Communities That Cares a Successful Prevention Program
|October 10, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Evaluation, Juvenile Delinquency, Program Model, Youth Development||
A study published online in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine offers evidence that the program Communities That Care is successful in preventing drug and alcohol use and other high-risk behaviors among youth. Communities That Care is essentially a prevention strategy developed by researchers at the University of Washington. According to the CTC Facebook page, the approach is described as a “coalition-based prevention operating system that uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors such as violence, delinquency, school drop out and substance abuse”.
The most recent study tracked students (via surveys) for 5 years (from 5th grade to 10th grade), including a period of time after the external support for the CTC program in their community had been withdrawn. According to a new release from the University of Washington, adolescents in the communities where the program operated:
- were half as likely to have tried cigarettes by the 10th grade;
- had 38 percent lower odds of trying alcohol by grade 10;
- 25 percent lower odds of participating in physical violence; and
- 17 percent lower odds of participating in delinquent behaviors including theft, vandalism and drug sales than their peers in other communities.
A brief summary of the study, Sustained Decreases in Risk Exposure and Youth Problem Behaviors After Installation of the Communities That Care Prevention System in a Randomized Trial by J. David Hawkins, PhD; Sabrina Oesterle, PhD; Eric C. Brown, PhD; Kathryn C. Monahan, PhD; Robert D. Abbott, PhD; Michael W. Arthur, PhD; and Richard F. Catalano, PhD is available at the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine website. Additional information on this study and comments from the head researcher are included in the news release from the University of Washington.