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Exploring the short-term effects of the strengthening families program on Brazilian adolescents: A pre-experimental study

Abstract

Substance abuse and violence are among the primary health concerns regarding Brazilian adolescents. This study sought to explore the short-term effects of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14), a preventive program for families with adolescents, adapted to Brazil. A pre-experimental design was used, with a pretest and 10-12-month follow-up evaluation. A qualitative study was carried out using in-depth interviews held one to three months after the intervention to examine the use of skills learned. The sample included 126 adolescents (pre-test and follow-up comparison) and 23 adolescents (interviews) between 10 and 14 years of age from low-income families residing in northeastern Brazil. The comparison between pretest and follow-up showed an increase in learning self-efficacy and school absence without parental permission. Null effects were found on the consumption of alcohol in the last month; episodes of binge drinking in the last month; antisocial behavior; parenting practices regarding emotional support factors, intrusiveness, and behavior supervision; future time perspective; doing homework; grade repetition; school grades; school dropout; and satisfaction with one's relationship with school. The majority of the interviewed adolescents reported applying the learned skills during family interaction and with friends. Future studies should examine the contexts and mechanisms linked to such mixed results.

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Authors

Murta, Sheila Giardini
Vinha, Luís Gustavo do Amaral
Nobre-Sandoval, Larissa de Almeida
Rocha, Viviane Paula Santos
Duailibe, Karina Damous
Gomes, Maria do Socorro Mendes
Farias, Danielle Aranha
Foxcroft, David

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Dates

Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-05-18


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