The Strong African American Families-Teen Trial: Rationale, Design, Engagement Processes, and Family-Specific Effects

Steven M. Kogan, Gene H. Brody, Virginia K. Molgaard, Christina M. Grange, Desirée A.H. Oliver, Tracy N. Anderson, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood, Yi fu Chen, Megan C. Sperr

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This study addresses two limitations in the literature on family-centered intervention programs for adolescents: ruling out nonspecific factors that may explain program effects and engaging parents into prevention programs. The Rural African American Families Health project is a randomized, attention-controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of the Strong African American Families-Teen (SAAF-T) program, a family-centered risk-reduction intervention for rural African American adolescents. Rural African American families (n = 502) with a 10th-grade student were assigned randomly to receive SAAF-T or a similarly structured, family-centered program that focused on health and nutrition. Families participated in audio computer-assisted self-interviews at baseline and 6-month follow-up. Program implementation procedures yielded a design with equivalent doses, five sessions of family-centered intervention programming for families in each condition. Of eligible families screened for participation, 76% attended four or five sessions of the program. Consistent with our primary hypotheses, SAAF-T youth, compared to attention-control youth, demonstrated higher levels of protective family management skills, a finding that cannot be attributed to nonspecific factors such as aggregating families in a structured, interactive setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-217
Number of pages12
JournalPrevention Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Attention control
  • Family-centered intervention
  • Program trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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