Prevention for families

Prevention for families

Prevention programmes can be delivered to families, with or without any prior screening for vulnerability. Vulnerable families are here considered as families where one or more members misuse alcohol and/or drugs, and/or families with high levels of parental conflict and violence where personal relationships are poor.

What works?

  • Involving the whole family in prevention activities helps reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Collaboration between parents and teachers supports smoking cessation
  • Moreover, home visits for disadvantaged families reduce alcohol and cigarette consumption

What's unclear?

  • It is not clear why interventions focusing only on one dimension (for example only schools or only training for parents) are less successful at reducing substance use in young people

What doesn't work?

  • We are not aware of any family interventions that cause harm

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