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The principal aim of this study is to measure community, family,
school and peer based risk and protective factors for health and
well-being of young adolescents throughout Victoria.
This is a cross-sectional study of about 10,000 students at 194
secondary schools across Victoria. The target population comprises
students in Years 7, 9 and 11 in government, independent and
Catholic schools in Victoria. The sample design is a stratified
two-stage cluster sample with approximately 5 schools per
metropolitan local government area (LGA) and approximately 12
schools per country DHS region.
The survey uses a modified version of the 'Communities that Care
Youth Survey' developed at the University of Washington, USA. The
pilot phase of the project was conducted in school term 4 of 1998.
Phase 2 of the project is currently underway and is expected to be
completed by the end of December 1999.
The results of the study will provide the Department of Human
Services with a framework for the more effective delivery of
services with an emphasis on early and preventive interventions.
Specifically, risk and protective factors, encompassing individual,
peer, family , school and community factors, will be used to
generate community risk profiles that will form the basis of
recommendations to the Department of Human Services. Major outcomes
include drug and alcohol use, depression, and self-harm. By
collecting epidemiological data on risk and protective factors at
the community and state level, elevated risk or depressed
protective factors in a given area may be identified and
prioritised. Interventions that have been found to be effective in
reducing prioritised risk factors or enhancing protective factors
may then be selected and implemented at a community level.
See also: Victorian Adolescent Health and Wellbeing