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Note: This is a past research project that is now complete
The Resilient Families research initiative aims to investigate
whether increasing family protective factors through early
secondary school can improve individual, peer and school adjustment
and prevent the development of health and social problems in young
people, while also enhancing educational outcomes. The initiative
draws on evidence showing that family resiliency characteristics
play an important role in buffering the impact of risk factors such
as negative life events. Resilient Families adopts a strengths
based approach that recognizes the existing strengths of families
and adolescents. The Resilient Families intervention was delivered
in 2004 and 2005 in 12 metropolitan Melbourne schools and consisted
of the following major components:
The analysis and publication of data collected from the
Resilient Families research program is currently proceeding. In a
recent publication (Shortt et al, 2007) we reported a numer of
outcomes that were associated with exposure to the Resilient
Families intervention after one year of follow-up (2005, Year 8,
age 13). Relative to students in the control schools, those exposed
to the intervention showed a number of advantages including higher
family attachment, school rewards and school attendance. An
unexpected finding was that the intervention students also showed
higher social concern (anxiety).
Data from the second year of follow-up (2006, Year 9, age 14) is currently being analysed. Parents from this study are being followed-up and re-surveyed by students from Deakin University in 2008.
Shortt, A.L., Hutchinson, D.M., Chapman, R., Toumbourou, J.W.
(2007) Family, school, peer and individual influences on early
adolescent alcohol use: First year impact of the Resilient Families
program. Drug and Alcohol Review, 26(5), 625-634.
National Health and Medical Research Council
Alcohol Education Foundation