Reduction of adolescent alcohol use through family-school intervention: a randomized trial

Toumbourou, John W., Douglas Gregg, M. Elizabeth, Shortt, Alison L., Hutchinson, Delyse M. and Slaviero, Tania M. 2013, Reduction of adolescent alcohol use through family-school intervention: a randomized trial, Journal of adolescent health, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 778-784.

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Title Reduction of adolescent alcohol use through family-school intervention: a randomized trial
Author(s) Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W.
Douglas Gregg, M. Elizabeth
Shortt, Alison L.
Hutchinson, Delyse M.ORCID iD for Hutchinson, Delyse M.
Slaviero, Tania M.
Journal name Journal of adolescent health
Volume number 53
Issue number 6
Start page 778
End page 784
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 1054-139x
Keyword(s) adolescent
randomized trial
Summary Purpose
Two-year longitudinal follow-up data evaluated the behavioral impact of Resilient Families, a universal intervention that aimed to prevent early initiation and frequent and heavy adolescent alcohol use in secondary schools in Melbourne, Australia.

Of 24 secondary schools (62% of those approached), 12 were randomly assigned to intervention and 12 as controls. Intervention students received a social relationship curriculum; their parents received parent education handbooks and invitations to parent education events outlining strategies to encourage healthy adolescent development and reduce adolescent alcohol misuse. At Wave 1 (2004), students were in Year 7 secondary school (mean age, 12.3 years). Data were imputed for students completing at least two of three annual surveys (N = 2,354). Wave 3 (2006; mean, 14.5 years) main outcome measures for alcohol use were “any,” “frequent” (at least monthly), and “heavy” (five or more drinks in a session at least once in the prior fortnight). Multivariate logistic regression assessed intervention exposure effects, adjusting for school classroom clustering and baseline measures.

Relative to controls, intervention students showed significant reductions in any lifetime use (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], .78; 95% confidence interval [CI], .62–.97), and reduced progression to frequent (AOR, .69; CI, .56–.86) and heavy use (AOR, .75; CI, .60–.94).

Randomized assignment to Resilient Families was associated with a significant reduction in adolescent alcohol use among families volunteering for the evaluation. Family–school-based interventions appear promising as a strategy to contribute to population reductions in currently high rates of adolescent alcohol misuse.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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