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The Strong African American Families Program: Translating Research Into Prevention Programming.

NCJ Number
255605
Journal
Child Development Volume: 75 Issue: 3 Dated: 2004 Pages: 900-917
Author(s)
Gene H. Brody; Velma McBride Murray; Meg Gerrard; Frederick X. Gibbons; Virginia K Molgaard; Lily McNair; Anita C. Brown; Thomas A. Wills; Richard L. Spoth; Zupei Luo; Yi–Fu Chen; Eileen Neubaum–Carlan
Date Published
2004
Length
18 pages
Annotation

This article reports on the findings and methodology of an evaluation of a randomized prevention trial that contrasted families who took part in the Strong African American Families Program (SAAF), a preventive intervention for rural African American mothers and their 11-year-olds, with control families. 

Abstract

SAAF is based on a contextual model that theorizes regulated, communicative parenting causes changes in factors that protect youths from early alcohol use and sexual activity. Parenting variables included involvement-vigilance, racial socialization, communication about sex, and clear expectations for alcohol use. Youth protective factors included negative attitudes about early alcohol use and sexual activity, negative images of drinking youths, resistance efficacy, a goal-directed future orientation, and acceptance of parental influence. Intervention-induced changes in parenting mediated the effect of intervention group influences on changes in protective factors over a 7-month period. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2004