Prevention Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 203–212 | Cite as

Reducing Adolescents' Growth in Substance Use and Delinquency: Randomized Trial Effects of a Parent-Training Prevention Intervention

  • W. Alex MasonEmail author
  • Rick Kosterman
  • J. David Hawkins
  • Kevin P. Haggerty
  • Richard L. Spoth


The relationship between growth in adolescent substance use and delinquency was examined in a longitudinal, randomized controlled study of the Preparing for the Drug Free Years Program (PDFY), a universal family-focused prevention intervention. Latent growth curve modeling was used to analyze 5 waves of data collected from 429 rural adolescents. Results showed that adolescents assigned to the PDFY intervention condition had a slower rate of linear increase over time in both substance use and delinquency compared with adolescents assigned to the control condition. Moreover, pretest level of delinquency was a reliable, positive predictor of growth in substance use, whereas pretest level of substance use did not predict growth in delinquency.

substance use delinquency adolescence parent-training prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Alex Mason
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rick Kosterman
    • 1
  • J. David Hawkins
    • 1
  • Kevin P. Haggerty
    • 1
  • Richard L. Spoth
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Development Research Group, School of Social WorkUniversity of WashingtonSeattle
  2. 2.Institute for Social and Behavioral ResearchIowa State UniversityAmes

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