Prevention Program Helps Teens Prevail Over a Gene Linked to Risky Behavior – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A prevention program called “Strong African American Families” has been developed to help rural 11-year olds prevail over a gene linked to risky behavior.
Dr. Brody: We try to enhance parenting skills.
Narrator: That’s Dr. Gene Brody from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Brody: And we try to arm adolescents with a set of skills and ideas about the future that also protect them from initiating alcohol and marijuana use.
Narrator: He says pre-teens that had the gene but did not participate in the program were almost twice as likely to engage in risky behaviors as compared those who had the gene but took part in the program. For more information, 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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