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Background to the Trial

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Background to the Trial

The use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs by young people impacts on their health in the short and long term, and is also associated with anti-social behaviour, crime and dropping out of school. Many of the factors which protect young people from misusing drugs and alcohol, or put them at greater risk of doing so, are linked to family life and parenting. The Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 UK aims to strengthen these protective factors (parenting, family communication, and young people’s resilience skills) and simultaneously reduce key risk factors that are located within families.

Research in the United States has found some evidence that the SFP10-14 delays and reduces substance use (alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs) by young people. The programme has been carefully adapted by Oxford Brookes University for use in the UK and in Wales is being run with a mixture of families from the general population and families who may experience challenges in a group setting.

This study will examine whether the results found in the US can also be achieved in the UK context using the British version of the programme and delivery model; it will also address the methodological limitations of previous studies. It will identify whether the programme delays or reduces substance use, and will collect information that will help in the wider implementation of the programme if it proves to be successful. 

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