Model Program

Guiding Good Choices

Channing Bete Company
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0200
http://www.channing-bete.com/prevention-programs/guiding-good-choices/

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Contact Information:

Prevention Science Customer Service Representative
877.896.8532
PrevSci@channing-bete.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a multimedia drug prevention program (part of the Families That Care series) that gives parents of children in grades four through eight the knowledge and skills needed to guide their children through early adolescence. It is based on the social development model and addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict, and strengthening family bonds. The sessions are interactive and skill based, with opportunities for parents to practice new skills and receive feedback from workshop leaders and other parents.

Program Descriptors Include:
Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The curriculum has been tested in various controlled trials in diverse settings, including a comprehensive, randomized clinical trial. Over a four-year period following the program, GGC youth, compared to a control group, had significantly lower rates of increase in initiation of drinking to drunkenness, significantly lower rates of increase in initiation of marijuana use, and less drinking in the past month.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level