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Impact of a Family and School Based Prevention Program on Protective Factors for High Risk Youth

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) submitted a White Paper (August, 1993) identifying and reviewing the ten most promising substance abuse prevention programs. The White Paper concluded that effective prevention efforts need to address multip le domains. The multi-domain program identified by ONDep which used a family-based approach, was the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program which had been developed by the senior author in 1988 (McDonald et al., 199 1, 1997; McDonald, 1992, 1993). This manuscript uses the domain matrix approach developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (De Jong, 1995) to evaluate effects of this program on multiple domains.