Family prevention counseling, which features customized prevention planning for individual families, is a promising approach for preventive intervention with adolescents at high risk for substance abuse and conduct disorder. A randomized study (N = 124) tested the post-intervention efficacy of an indicated, family-based prevention model with a sample of inner-city African-American youths (ages 11-14). Key risk and protective factors associated with the development of drug use and antisocial behavior were targeted in four domains: self-competence, family functioning, school involvement, and peer associations. Compared to controls, participants in family prevention counseling showed gains in global self-worth, family cohesion, and bonding to school, and a decrease in peer antisocial behavior. The potential utility of family prevention counseling within a unified prevention framework is discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology