Authors: Chloe Conroy
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Early initiation of substance use significantly increases risk of subsequently developing substance dependence and mental disorders later in life. Therefore, adolescents is a critical period in which to intervene and avoid these outcomes. Parents play a key role in preventing substance use and related harms among adolescents, however, there is currently no Australian substance use prevention program targeting both students and parents. The aim of this study was to develop and test the first integrated, online substance use prevention program for students and their parents – Climate Schools Plus (CSP). The parenting component of Climate Schools Plus is based on a successful Dutch program developed by Dr Ina Koning, and informed by consultation with parents, teachers and researchers. To evaluate the program, 12 schools were recruited to a randomised controlled trial in 2018 and randomly allocated to receive the CSP program or receive their usual health education. All participants complete baseline assessments and follow-up assessments at 12 and 24 months post-baseline. Measures include substance use, knowledge about alcohol & cannabis, parental self-efficacy, communication quality, parental supply of alcohol, parental monitoring, quality of life and distress. This paper will describe the preliminary results obtained, with an emphasis on user-feedback.