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Evaluation of SAFER Latinos' Program to Prevent Youth Violence

This study has been completed.
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
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00527358
First received: September 6, 2007
Last updated: February 8, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
  Purpose

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 Intervention Phase
Violence
Behavioral: SAFER (Seguridad, Apoyo, Familia, Educacion, y Recursos)
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluation of SAFER Latinos' Program to Prevent Youth Violence

Further study details as provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Youth violence [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after intervention started ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • family cohesion [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • school bonding [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • exposure to antisocial, substance abusing, or violent peers [ Time Frame: within the next 2 years after start of intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 1400
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 24 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • youth 12-24 and their caregiver

Exclusion Criteria:

  • residence outside of Langley Park or Culmore
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: 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
  More Information

No publications provided

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
Study First Received: September 6, 2007
Last Updated: February 8, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
violence

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