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Can family-based universal programmes help prevent alcohol misuse in young people? These programmes typically support the development of parenting skills and may also include other elements such as work on social and peer resistance skills.
A Cochrane review includes evidence from 12 randomised controlled trials on the effectiveness of these programmes. The results from the studies could not be combined. Most reported positive effects. Two large studies reported no effects.
The reviewers concluded that the effects of family-based prevention programmes are small but generally consistent and also last into the medium- to longer-term, but call for more and better research.
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Foxcroft DR, Tsertsvadze A. Universal family-based prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD009308. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009308 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD009308/ADDICTN_family-based-alcohol-misuse-prevention-for-young-people-can-be-effective#sthash.5MQF69CS.dpuf