Prevention Program Helps Teens Prevail Over a Gene Linked to Risky Behavior – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A family-based prevention program helps African-American teens override a gene linked to risky behavior. The specific gene variant is associated with impulsivity, low self-control, binge drinking, and substance use.
Dr. Brody: Pre-adolescents who had this variant, who did not participate in the program over time were much more likely to engage in risk behaviors.
Narrator: Dr. Gene Brody at the University of Georgia is the lead author of the "Strong African American Families" program. He says the program encourages positive goals in children and enforces effective strategizing in parents such as monitoring and emotional support. For more information on the program, 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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