Strong African American Families Program (SAAF)

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About This Program

Target Population: African American youth, aged 10-14, and their parents/caregivers

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 14

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 14

Brief Description

SAAF is a culturally tailored, family-centered intervention program designed to build on the strengths of African American families. The overarching goal of SAAF is to prevent substance abuse and other risky behavior among youth by strengthening positive family interactions, enhancing primary caregivers’ efforts to help youth reach positive goals, and preparing youth for their teen years.

For parents, SAAF aims to strengthen parenting practices related to monitoring and supporting youth, articulating parental expectations for alcohol use, communicating with youth about sex, and promoting positive racial socialization. It also works to promote youths’ ability to focus on goals for the future, resist involvement in risk behaviors, maintain negative images of risk behaviors and peers who engage in them, and accept parental influences.

Program Goals:

The goals of Strong African American Families (SAAF) are:

  • For Youth:
    • Lower initiation of substance use
    • Fewer conduct problems
    • Delay in initiation of sex
    • Increase in positive racial identity
    • Increased level of future orientation
  • For Parent/Caregiver:
    • Decrease in maternal depression
    • Increase in positive racial identity
    • Increase in quality and quantity of parent/child communication

    Contact Information

    Tracy Anderson, PhD
    Agency/Affiliation: Center for Family Research-UGA
    Phone: (706) 425-2992
    Fax: (706) 425-2985

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2016