|Project Northland is a community- wide
alcohol use prevention research trial, sponsored by the National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health,
that builds on research of the past two decades in primary prevention
of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use with young adolescents.
Project Northland is:
- The largest randomized community trial that has ever been conducted
for the prevention of adolescent alcohol use, involving 24 school districts
and 28 adjoining communities in northeastern Minnesota.
- The first prevention trial to systematically link and study behavioral
curricula in schools, parental involvement programs, extracurricular
peer leadership, and communitywide efforts for young adolescents in
grades 6 - 8.
Students in the Class of 1998 from the 24 school districts were the focus
of the evaluation of Project Northland. School districts and communities
were randomized to intervention or reference condition in 1991. The first
phase of Project Northland took place in the intervention schools and
communities from 1991 to 1994. Reference schools and communities used
their own programs before receiving the Project Northland programs in
After three years of Project Northland activities, when the students were
at the end of 8th grade, monthly drinking was 20% lower among students
in the intervention school districts compared with students in the reference
districts, and weekly drinking was 30% lower. Project Northland provides
strong support for primary prevention programs that systematically involve
young adolescent, parents, peers and community members.
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