Brief report: the adaptation of Project Northland for urban youth

J Pediatr Psychol. 2004 Sep;29(6):457-66. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsh049.


Objective: Summarizes the research and intervention design of a new trial to evaluate an adaptation of Project Northland, a multicomponent, community-wide alcohol prevention program for culturally diverse youth living in a large city. The original Project Northland was successful in reducing alcohol use among a sample of mostly White, rural adolescents.

Methods: We highlight the steps taken to adapt the intervention strategies for culturally diverse inner-city youth, families, and neighborhoods. The research design is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted Project Northland for reducing the early onset and prevalence of alcohol use among young urban adolescents.

Conclusion: The information gained from this trial, including the process of adaptation of prevention strategies, will be beneficial for alcohol-use prevention efforts within diverse urban communities across the country.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Chicago
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Curriculum
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Program Development*
  • Research Design*
  • School Health Services*
  • Urban Population