New research on schools, parents and adolescent alcohol use

A new Alcohol Research UK study suggests children whose parents exert greater control over their free time activities drink less frequently.  The research team, based at Queen’s University Belfast, looked at survey data for children attending more than 40 schools over an eleven-year period.  Click on ‘Alcohol Library’ above to read the full report.

Process evaluation and feasibility study of In:tuition, a life skills education programme for young people aged 9-14 years

Research and Development Grant

In:tuition is an evidence based, life skills education programme for young people aged 9-14 developed by Drinkaware.

An Evaluation of the Option 2 Intensive Family Preservation Service

Research and Development Grant

Option 2 reduces the use of care system in families where parental alcohol misuse is a factor, but what impact does it have on parental substance use, child welfare and family functioning?

An evaluation of the Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) Programme

Research and Development Grant

Substance misuse severely affects families especially children. Members of Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face additional complex issues.

The role of parents in preventing alcohol misuse: An Evaluation of the Kids, Adults Together Programme (KAT)

Research and Development Grant

A key influence on the timing of young people’s first alcohol use is the family (Spoth et al. 2002) and a number of substance misuse prevention programmes (mainly in the USA) have tried to influence families. Most are based in schools, which potentially provide an efficient way to reach large numbers of young people and their families (Bryan et al. 2006). However, in practice, school-based initiatives have not always managed to engage significant numbers of parents (Lloyd et al. 2000; Rothwell et al. 2009; Stead et al. 2007; Ward and Snow 2008).

Not In Front Of The Children – Child Protection And Advertising

Small Grant

In order to gauge to what extent children are being exposed to alcohol advertising, Alcohol Concern decided to investigate the scheduling of alcohol adverts, and in particular to see the extent to which they appear on television before and after the 9pm watershed.

Child Risk and Parental Resistance: Can Motivational Interviewing Improve the Practice of Child and Family Social Workers in Working with Parental Alcohol Misuse?

Research and Development Grant

Motivational interviewing is a counselling method developed for working with people who have a drink or drugs problem. A particular focus is on working with “denial”, so it seems likely to be helpful for social workers in their work with parents who misuse alcohol.

Review of projects and initiatives that support children and families affected by alcohol misuse

Research and Development Grant

This review of projects seeks to develop a database of initiatives; services and projects that currently exist in the UK to support children and families affected by alcohol misuse. Also to analyse the range of services and summarise evidence of effectiveness.