Chapter

Using Community Epidemiologic Data to Improve Social Settings: The Communities that Care Prevention System

Abigail A. Fagan, J. David Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano

in Toward Positive Youth Development

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327892
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199301478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0016
Using Community Epidemiologic Data to Improve Social Settings: The Communities that Care Prevention System

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter describes the Communities That Care (CTC) program using examples from 12 communities implementing CTC as part of an efficacy trial. CTC is a community-based strategy that empowers members of a diverse and broad-based coalition to plan, implement and monitor prevention activities intended to promote positive youth development. CTC implementation involves six structured training workshops provided over 6-12 months and the collection of epidemiologic data including an anonymous, school-wide survey of students. When implemented community-wide, the survey allows coalition members to identify the most elevated risk factors and depressed protective factors experienced by youth. The coalition then selects evidence-based prevention policies and programs that target these factors in the major settings affecting young people: schools, families, community service organizations, and the community itself. Communities monitor program implementation and periodically re-administer the youth survey in order to gauge the effectiveness of their efforts.

Keywords: collaboration; Communities That Care; community coalitions; adolescent drug use; community-based prevention; evidence-based prevention programming; implementation fidelity; protective factors

Chapter.  7903 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.