Model Program

Family Matters

University of North Carolina
116 Nolen Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
http://www.sph.unc.edu/familymatters/introduction.htm

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Contact Information:
Karl E. Bauman, PhD
Director
919.929.6572
kbauman@mindspring.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Family Matters is a home-based program designed to prevent tobacco and alcohol use in adolescents. The program is delivered through four booklets mailed to the home and follow-up telephone calls to parents by health educators. The booklets contain lessons and activities designed to motivate families to participate in the program and to encourage families to consider characteristics related to adolescent substance use. Booklet content includes communication skills, parenting styles, attachment and time together, educational encouragement, conflict resolution, availability of tobacco and alcohol in the home, family rules about child use of tobacco and alcohol, and insights into peer and media influences. Each booklet contains information based on behavioral science theory and research and includes participant activities.

Program Descriptors Include:
Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Family Matters was evaluated through a randomized experimental design with a sample of parent-child pairs from throughout the United States. Twelve months after the program, adolescents in families that received Family Matters compared to controls were less likely to have engaged in high-risk/antisocial behavior, less likely to have smoked and less likely to have used alcohol.

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