CAP study – Combining effective universal and targeted approaches to drug prevention

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More than one quarter of Australian teenagers put themselves at risk of short-term alcohol-related harm at least once a month and 17% use an illicit drug at least once a year. As such, the need for prevention is clear. Although an array of school-based prevention programs exist, the majority show minimal effects in reducing drug use and related harms, and some have even report iatrogenic effects. Given that school–based drug prevention is the primary means by which drug education is delivered, it is essential to focus on increasing program efficacy. Ideally, preventive interventions should aim to delay onset in both adolescents with low-risk profiles who may be influenced to take up substances due to peer influence and social conformity, and adolescents with high-risk profiles whose underlying vulnerability to psychopathology can lead to substance misuse. Yet, there appear to be no models of well implemented programs that do this. The current proposal addresses this gap by developing and evaluating a comprehensive approach to preventing substance use and related harms in adolescents by combining effective ‘universal’ and ‘targeted’ school-based prevention programs. The proposed model, known as the CAP (Climate and Preventure) intervention, builds on our unique success in this area through developing the effective universal Climate, and targeted Preventure programs.

Project Status
Ongoing Projects
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Director of Prevention Research
Ph +61 2 9385 0159
Funding Body
National Health and Medical Research Council
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Director of Prevention Research
Ph +61 2 9385 0159
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Director of Epidemiology Research
Ph +61 2 9385 0267
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ph +61 2 9385 0175
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Research Psychologist & PhD Candidate
Ph +61 2 9385 0143
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Research Psychologist
Ph +61 2 9385 0145
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Miss Natasha Nair
Research Assistant
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Research Fellow
Ph +61 2 9385 0164
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Research Fellow
Ph +612 9385 0249

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