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Toward Positive Youth DevelopmentTransforming Schools and Community Programs$
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Marybeth Shinn and Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.001.0001

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

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

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(p.292) Chapter 16 Using Community Epidemiologic Data to Improve Social Settings: The Communities that Care Prevention System
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Toward Positive Youth Development
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Abigail A. Fagan

J. David Hawkins

Richard F. Catalano

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327892.003.0016

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

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