Prevention Program Helps Teens Prevail Over a Gene Linked to Risky Behavior – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have developed a program called "Strong African American Families" to help rural, African American teens avoid risky behaviors.
Dr. Brody: We worked with families because the families are the most powerful factors in young adolescence lives.
Narrator: Dr. Gene Brody, at the University of Georgia, explains that 11-year olds enrolled the prevention program, and those enrolled in a comparison group, were monitored.
Dr. Brody: The strength that the program brought out in families was able to prevent them from becoming involved in these risk behaviors.
Narrator: Parents and children participated in seven consecutive weeks of 2-hour prevention sessions. For more details visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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