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Evaluation of SAFER Latinos' Program to Prevent Youth Violence

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00527358
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 10, 2012
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
George Washington University
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Federation of Greater Washington
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joanne Klevens, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brief Summary:
This is an evaluation of a primary prevention program to prevent youth violence by improving family cohesion, networking among families, school bonding, and access to services for Latinos in Langley Park, MD.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Violence Behavioral: SAFER (Seguridad, Apoyo, Familia, Educacion, y Recursos) Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:

To prevent youth involvement in violence, outreach workers will work with families and youth to improve school bonding, family cohesion and awareness and utilization of existing services; and a youth drop-in center will provide youth with an adult supervised place to "hang out", do homework, or participate in sports and job training.

Following implementation of the intervention, we will collect detailed process data (regarding implementation), and evaluate impact/outcome using a quasi-experimental design with baseline (prior to intervention) and two followup data collections in both the intervention and a control community (Culmore, Virginia), measuring change in a selected set of aggregate community variables that represent mediating factors and outcomes for youth violence in Langley Park. Data will be collected via a survey and focus groups.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1400 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluation of SAFER Latinos' Program to Prevent Youth Violence
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: SAFER

The intervention community will receive 4 services:

  1. community lay workers will do family outreach and assist families in networking with other families and accessing community services, facilitating parent-youth and family-school communication and homework help for children, and help with translation of school or government/official notices;
  2. youth leaders will provide a supportive presence, help youth navigate the system at school so that they can get help if needed, disseminate information about job training and possibilities, and provide education about avoiding violence;
  3. school support services will offer academic support, acculturation orientation, language, conflict resolution skills training, advocacy and referrals;
  4. Youth drop-in center: will provide youth with an adult supervised place to "hang out", do homework, or participate in sports and job training.
Behavioral: SAFER (Seguridad, Apoyo, Familia, Educacion, y Recursos)
  1. community lay workers will do family outreach and assist families in networking with other families and accessing community services, facilitating parent-youth and family-school communication and homework help for children, and help with translation of school or government/official notices;
  2. youth leaders will provide a supportive presence, help youth navigate the system at school so that they can get help if needed, disseminate information about job training and possibilities, provide education about avoiding violence;
  3. school support services will offer academic support, acculturation orientation, language, conflict resolution skills training, advocacy and referrals;
  4. Youth drop-in center will provide youth with an adult supervised place to "hang out", do homework, or participate in sports and job training.

No Intervention: 2
Business as usual.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Youth violence [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after intervention started ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. family cohesion [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ]
  2. school bonding [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ]
  3. exposure to antisocial, substance abusing, or violent peers [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 24 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • youth 12-24 and their caregiver

Exclusion Criteria:

  • residence outside of Langley Park or Culmore

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00527358


Locations
United States, District of Columbia
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Joanne Klevens
George Washington University
Latin American Youth Center
Latino Federation of Greater Washington
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mark Edberg, PhD George Washington University

Responsible Party: Joanne Klevens, epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00527358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-NCIPC-4924
First Posted: September 10, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 10, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Joanne Klevens, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
violence