Measuring risk and protective factors for substance use, delinquency, and other adolescent problem behaviors. The Communities That Care Youth Survey

Eval Rev. 2002 Dec;26(6):575-601. doi: 10.1177/0193841X0202600601.


Risk and protective factors predictive of adolescent problem behaviors such as substance abuse and delinquency are promising targets for preventive intervention. Community planners should assess and target risk and protective factors when designing prevention programs. This study describes the development, reliability, and validity of a self-report survey instrument for adolescents ages 11 to 18 that measures an array of risk and protective factors across multiple ecological domains as well as adolescent problem behaviors. The instrument can be used to assess the epidemiology of risk and protection in youth populations and to prioritize specific risk and protective factors in specific populations as targets for preventive intervention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / classification
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Child
  • Community Health Planning / methods*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency*
  • Male
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Students / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States