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Community Prevention Trials: A Respectful Partnership

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Objective: To review the theoretical basis for a systems approach to community prevention of alcohol problems and the policy options that this approach suggests. Method: A community systems prevention project used 4 environmental strategies to reduce heavy drinking. Results: The Community Trial, using an environmental approach to prevention, achieved a statistically significant reduction in alcohol-involved traffic crashes in addition to lower sales of alcohol to young people and greater number of policies against serving alcohol to intoxicated persons. Conclusion: This trial demonstrated that a respectful partnership between researchers and community members is essential. Prevention planners and policy makers must understand how various aspects of the community influence alcohol and other drug use, thereby contributing to alcohol and other drug problems.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA.

Publication date: 2001-05-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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