Project Northland high school interventions: Community action to reduce adolescent alcohol use

Cheryl L. Perry, Carolyn L. Williams, Kelli A. Komro, Sara Veblen-Mortenson, Jean L. Forster, Randi Bernstein-Lachter, Lara K. Pratt, Bonnie Dudovitz, Karen A. Munson, Kian Farbakhsh, John R Finnegan, Paul McGovern

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Project Northland is a randomized community trial initially implemented in 24 school districts and communities in northeastern Minnesota, with goals of delaying onset and reducing adolescent alcohol use using community-wide, multiyear, multiple interventions. The study targets the Class of 1998 from the 6th to 12th grades (1991-1998). The early adolescent phase of Project Northland has been completed, and reductions in the prevalence of alcohol use at the end of 8th grade were achieved. Phase II of Project Northland, targeting 11th-and 12th-grade students, uses five major strategies: (1) direct action community organizing methods to encourage citizens to reduce underage access to alcohol, (2) youth development involving high school students in youth action teams, (3) print media to support community organizing and youth action initiatives and communicate healthy norms about underage drinking (e.g., providing alcohol to minors is unacceptable), (4) parent education and involvement, and (5) a classroom-based curriculum for 11th-grade students. This article describes the background, design, implementation, and process measures of the intervention strategies for Phase II of Project Northland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2000


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