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Kumpfer, Karol (2010) Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force strengthening families program for teens and parents. Dublin: Blanchardstown Local Drug Task Force.

The Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force in Blanchardstown, Ireland has implemented an evidence-based model family program initiative towards the aim of enacting a region-wide strategy for the prevention of substance abuse and juvenile delinquency in high risk youth and in order to improve the parenting skills of parents of high risk adolescents. Based on assessed community needs and risk factors for substance abuse, the evidence-based program chosen to be implemented was the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) for families with high-risk adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old. The Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force is funded under the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Retention and Major Outcome Results.

Overall the family changes were most impressive for this first Strengthening Families Program (SFP 12 –16 Years) group with adolescents in Blanchardstown, Ireland. The retention of the families was impressive at 80% (eight of ten families) which is much higher than generally expected in a first pilot group when retention can be as low as 40%(Aktan, et al., 1992; Kumpfer, 1997; Kumpfer, Alvarado, Smith, & Bellamy, 2002).This high retention rate is a reflection of the skill and dedication to all those involved in delivering SFP.


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