Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Building Community Coalitions as a Means to Prevent Youth Violence and Substance Use

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Building Community Coalitions as a Means to Prevent Youth Violence and Substance Use

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Keith A. King and Don I. Wagner, University of Cincinnati, and Bonnie Hedricks, Ohio Prevention and Education Resource Center

A coordinated approach to school violence and substance use prevention programs requires school, family, and community partnerships. Multiple individuals with differing viewpoints, achieving a shared vision of the importance of child and adolescent health, can be quite effective in developing and implementing specific programs improving youth health. The use of community coalitions as a powerful tool to protect youth from violence and substance use has been widely supported. This study was undertaken to assess community coalition members' perceptions of the most effective components within a community coalition. A four-page survey instrument was developed based on a comprehensive review of the literature, mailed to community coalition members in the state of Ohio, and completed by 441 individuals. Respondents were predominantly female (69%) and white (82%). More than half were 31 to 50 years of age. Approximately half had a master's degree (47%). Assistance with funding was the leading activity reported as of fering the best help to a community in beginning a community coalition aimed at promoting the health of youth. …

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