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

Duration: 2016 - 2017
Funding: NIH/NIAAA (Washington State Subc
Principal Investigator: Rob Turrisi

Description

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.