The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5146.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 3:24 PM

Abstract #43557

Motivating parents to take a leadership role in copmmunity based substance abuse prevention

Bettina Scott, PhD, Center For Substance Abuse Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 5600 Fishers Lane Rockwall II Suite 940A, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 443-2658,

Parenting IS Prevention is a national program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Parents have a powerful influence on all aspects of their children's lives, especially in preventing youth alcohol and drug use. CSAP funded PIP in an effort to assist local communities in establishing Parent Action Groups (PAGs) for the prevention of the illegal use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. These groups were provided grants and technical assistance and training. These groups were committed to the adaptation of science based prevention strategies. Thirteen groups each were funded in two states. The process as well as the outcomes were evaluated by an independent evaluator. The outcomes indicate that there are key strategies that are effective in motivating parents to lead sustained science-based substance abuse prevention efforts within their own communities. The outcomes also indicate that Parent Action Groups at the community level are a key strategy to assist in the implementation of science-based community prevention approaches and an instrument for measuring the effectiveness of prevention efforts. It is also indicated that in minoirty communities PAGs can be effective at reaching indigenous populations where they live.

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Keywords: Family Involvement, Community Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA