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J Adolesc Health. 2010 May;46(5):451-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.208. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Longitudinal outcomes of an alcohol abuse prevention program for urban adolescents.

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Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY 10027, USA. schinke@columbia.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This randomized clinical trial examined longitudinal outcomes from an alcohol abuse prevention program aimed at urban youths.

METHODS:

Study participants were an ethnically and racially heterogeneous sample of early adolescents, recruited from community-based agencies in greater New York City and its environs. Once they assented to study participation and gained parental permission, youths were divided into three arms: youth intervention delivered by CD-ROM (CD), the same youth intervention plus parent intervention (CD(P)), and control. Once all youths completed baseline measures, those in CD and CD(P) arms received a computerized 10-session alcohol abuse prevention program. Parents of youths in the CD(P) arm received supplemental materials to support and strengthen their children's learning. All youths completed postintervention and annual follow-up measures, and CD- and CD(P)-arm participants received annual booster intervention sessions.

RESULTS:

Seven years following postintervention testing and relative to control-arm youths, youths in CD and CD(P) arms reported less alcohol use, cigarette use, binge drinking, and peer pressure to drink; fewer drinking friends; greater refusal of alcohol use opportunities; and lower intentions to drink. No differences were observed between CD and CD(P) arms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Study findings lend support to the potential of computerized, skills-based prevention programs to help urban youth reduce their risks for underage drinking.

PMID:
20413081
PMCID:
PMC2859450
DOI:
10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.208
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