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Foxcroft, David and Tsertsvadze, Alexander [The Cochrane Library] . (2011) Universal family-based prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009308

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Family-based alcohol misuse prevention for young people can be effective

We conducted a Cochrane systematic review of 12 randomised controlled trials that examined the effectiveness of family-based universal programs for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young people. In family settings, universal prevention typically takes the form of supporting the development of parenting skills including parental support, nurturing behaviours, establishing clear boundaries or rules, and parental monitoring. Social and peer resistance skills, the development of behavioural norms and positive peer affiliations can also be addressed with a universal family-based preventive program.

Most of the studies included in this review reported positive effects of family-based universal programs for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young people. Two studies, each with a large sample size, reported no effects. In conclusion, in this Cochrane systematic review we found that that the effects of family-based prevention interventions are small but generally consistent and also persistent into the medium- to longer-term.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention
Source:The Cochrane Library
Date:2011
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication:London
Volume:9
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Universal prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Family-focused prevention
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Underage drinking
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention outcome
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention

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