Programs that Work
Strong African American Families (SAAF) Program
Healthy and Safe Children
Youths not using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
Age of Child
Middle Childhood (9-12)
Type of Service
Type of Outcome Addressed
Substance Use and Dependence
Evidence Level (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs
The Strong African American Families Program is a family-centered program targeting rural African American youth ages 10-12 to prevent alcohol use and improve the parenting practices of the youths' primary caregivers. While caregivers receive training to improve their parenting skills, including limit setting, expressing clear expectations about substance abuse, communication, and discipline, youth receive program content aimed at strengthening protective factors for preventing substance abuse, such as learning resistance skills and developing negative attitudes towards alcohol use. Program sessions are divided into portions where the parents and caregivers meet in a large group, and portions where the participants divide into youth-only and caregiver-only groups.
The Strong African American Families (SAAF) Program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.
This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below: