Presentation on theme: "West Chester Community Overview of Youth Survey Results - 2007 Presented by: West Chester Area Communities That Care Youth Leadership Council 252 E. Market."— Presentation transcript:
West Chester Community Overview of Youth Survey Results - 2007 Presented by: West Chester Area Communities That Care Youth Leadership Council 252 E. Market St. # 158 West Chester, PA 19382 610-696-8262 www.wcctc.org Coordinated through: The COAD Group with funding from the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
Key Points All twelve Chester County School Districts, plus two Centers for Arts & Technology participated In Fall of 2007, students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 were surveyed including: - 3,142 in the West Chester Community - 16,305 in Chester County - 16,547 in Pennsylvania ( (Note: Not all Chester County students were part of the state sample) Four strategies were used to assess the validity of the surveys; the following would be excluded: - Youth who exaggerate their use of drugs - Youth who exaggerate the frequency of other antisocial behaviors - Reported use of a fictitious drug - Repeated logically inconsistent pattern of substance use (7.2% of surveys were removed from the data)
Use Survey Results to: Develop a focus for planning Establish baseline data and expected outcomes Conduct public relations, outreach and education Support fund development
Fall 2007 Pennsylvania Youth Survey West Chester Community Results vs. Chester County vs. Pennsylvania vs. Monitoring the Future (National)
Alcohol – Past 30 Day Use – 2007 (Beer, wine, hard liquor)
Binge Drinking – 2007 (Five or More Drinks in a Row in the Past Two Weeks)
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Principles: A Public Health Model Planned strategies designed to preclude or reduce the use of drugs and alcohol, which have a negative impact on the individual, the family, the community and society at large. Risk and protective factor-focused prevention is based on the simple premise: to prevent a problem from happening, you must first identify the factors that increase the risk of that problem developing and then find ways to reduce those risks.
Protective Factors Those conditions that protect individuals from the negative consequences of exposure to risks by: - Reducing the impact of the risk - Changing the way a person responds to the risk Risk Factors Those conditions that increase the likelihood that an individual will engage in at-risk behaviors
Risk and Protective Factors Exist in All Areas This is important because if prevention efforts are only focused in a single area, a community may not significantly reduce problem behaviors This also means that prevention is everyone’s business
West Chester Community Identified Risk Factors Family Management Parental Attitudes Favorable towards risky behaviors Peer Attitudes Favorable towards risky behavior
West Chester Community Identified Protective Factors Family Attachment Community Rewards for Prosocial Behavior
Opportunities for Improvement West Chester community continues to show higher than state average levels of alcohol and marijuana use among 12 th grade students.
West Chester Community Efforts LifeSkills Training Program has been implemented in WCASD. A four year grant was secured from PCCD. Active partner with West Chester Area Communities that Care in State Incentive Grant targeting underage drinking and implementing Lions Quest Program.
“Parents are the single most important influence on children’s decision to smoke, drink or use drugs, yet many parents do not fully understand the extent of their influence” (Johnson and Johnson, 2000)
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