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Preventing alcohol use among urban American Indian youth: the Seventh Generation Program.

Author: Moran, J.R
Author Background:
Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment.
Volume/Pages 2(1/2) p. 51-67
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract In comparing alcohol use between American Indian and non-Indian youth, the age at first involvement with alcohol is younger, the frequency and amount of drinking are greater, and negative consequences are more common forIndians. This article presents the results from the first phase of an innovative alcohol prevention program targeting urban Indian youth. Urban Indian youth were chosen as the participants since the majority of the roughly two millionAmerican Indians now live in urban areas. The Seventh Generation Program described in this article is unique in that it blends mainstream prevention approaches with American Indian culture to produce a program that isculturally sensitive to and appropriate for the urban Indian community in which it was developed. A quasi-experimental research design was used to evaluate the Generation Program. (There are nine additional articles on NativeAmericans in this special issue.).