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Youth Substance Use Prevention

Adolescents are developmentally more vulnerable to risk behavior engagement. And the behaviors we experiment with and engage in during this stage are likely to remain with us into adulthood. This means the more we can encourage healthy behaviors now, the more likely they will persist later.

Key questions related to substance use prevention are:

  • How effective are evidence-based substance use prevention efforts in contexts of legalized cannabis?
  • How effective are youth participatory action research approaches for substance use prevention?
  • Is program delivery in an online setting as effective as in-person?

Behavioral health continuum depicting health promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Behavioral health continuum from health promotion through recovery.

Related Projects

Adapting Strengthening Families Program 10-14

In efforts funded by SAMHSA and USDA, we are adapting Strengthening Families Program 10-14 (SFP 10-14) in two ways. One for implementation in a legalized cannabis context and another to incorporate opioid-specific content and connect with community treatment and recovery providers.

Available project resources include:

Youth Participatory Action Research

Funded by SAMSHA and Washington State Health Care Authority, we have implemented youth participatory action research projects in key communities across the state and are supporting capacity among prevention professionals for delivery of youth participatory action research approaches. You can see YPAR youth in action highlighted in the following media stories:

Available project resources include: