Brief report: The adaptation of project Northland for urban youth

Kelli A. Komro, Cheryl L. Perry, Sara Veblen-Mortenson, Linda M. Bosma, Bonnie S. Dudovitz, Carolyn L. Williams, Rhonda Jones-Webb, Traci L. Toomey

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Objective: Summarizes the research and intervention design of a new trial to evaluate an adaptation of Project Northland, a multicomponent, community-wide alcohol prevention program for culturally diverse youth living in a large city. The original Project Northland was successful in reducing alcohol use among a sample of mostly White, rural adolescents. Methods: We highlight the steps taken to adapt the intervention strategies for culturally diverse inner-city youth, families, and neighborhoods. The research design is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted Project Northland for reducing the early onset and prevalence of alcohol use among young urban adolescents. Conclusion: The information gained from this trial, including the process of adaptation of prevention strategies, will be beneficial for alcohol-use prevention efforts within diverse urban communities across the country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, awarded to Kelli A. Komro, PhD, PI.


  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Prevention


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