Youth Program Curbs Risky Behaviors With Help of LST
A new study has found that a community-based prevention program, which targeted schools, families and youth-focused programs, reduced consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and curbed delinquent behavior.
Students in areas where the Communities That
Care (CTC) program was not implemented were 60% more likely to start
using alcohol, 79% more likely to start
smoking cigarettes, and 134% more likely to start
using smokeless tobacco (95% CI 1.34 to 4.09) between 7th and 8th
grade, according to an online report in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The evidence-based substance abuse prevention program, Botvin LifeSkills Training, was one of the programs that was given to the middle schoolers.
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