Informing a Cultural Adaptation of a Parent-Based Intervention for African-American Youth

Duration: 2016 - 2017
Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Washington State University
Principal Investigator: Robert Turrisi

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Epidemiological data indicate alcohol use peaks during emerging adulthood, including prevalence rates of heavy drinking, alcohol dependence, and alcohol-related problems. However, racial group differences in developmental patterns of alcohol use and related consequences reveal African-American emerging adults mature out of high-risk drinking at slower rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Moreover, African-American youth are more likely to experience negative social and health consequences due to heavy drinking. Despite these disparities, few preventative interventions have been developed to target culturally-specific risk and protective factors that are associated with high-risk alcohol use among this vulnerable population of emerging adults.

To address these gaps, this study brought together the developers of an established parent-based intervention (PBI), with proven efficacy among four-year college students, and investigators of the Family and Community Health Study (FACHS), the largest African-American panel study to date.

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