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Preparing for the Drug Free Years
(NCJ 173408) July 1999
OJJDP Family Strengthening Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Haggerty, K., Kosterman, R., Catalano, R. F., Hawkins, J. D.
Provides an overview of the Preparing for the Drug Free Years (PDFY) program, which was created to equip parents with skills that they could use to prevent their 8- to 14-year-old children from becoming involved with drugs. The program targets risk factors for juvenile substance abuse such as inadequate parental supervision, poor parent-child communication, ill-defined expectations for children's behavior, family conflict, favorable attitudes toward youth alcohol and drug use by parents or siblings, and parental alcoholism or drug use. PDFY teaches parents how to reduce these risk factors and enhance protective factors that are especially important during the late elementary and middle school years.
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