The role of parents in preventing alcohol misuse: An Evaluation of the Kids, Adults Together Family Forum programme (KATFF)
This project, funded by the Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC), will evaluate a new alcohol misuse prevention intervention being delivered to primary school children and their parents. Families play a crucial role in shaping how young people learn about and use alcohol. Parents are important role-models through their own attitudes and drinking within the home, and how they talk to their children about alcohol. Recent research has demonstrated that attempts to prevent young people misusing alcohol need to engage with and influence family life as a whole.
The Gwent Kids, Adults Together Family Forum (KATFF) is designed to increase parental awareness about the need for positive role-modelling and clear communication in relation to alcohol. It is based on the Parents, Adults and Kids Together (PAKT) Programme developed by Life Education Australia. The intervention consists of a school-based ‘fun’ evening, in which parents and children work together on activities designed to increase awareness of substance misuse. Gwent Police is leading a partnership of organisations to introduce the programme in Gwent during 2008, using it to focus on alcohol, and adapting the ‘cultural’ content. It is the first time that the programme has been used in the UK, and will be renamed as the Kids, Adults Together Family Forum (KATFF). PAKT has been selected as a way of increasing parental awareness of the importance of learnt behaviour and clear communication in relation to alcohol. A major innovation is the production of a DVD, given to families at the end of ‘fun’ evenings, to reinforce KATFF’s key messages. KATFF will operate with primary school class groups (Year 6), and children are involved in preparing for their ‘fun’ evening during school lessons. It is a primary prevention intervention, delivered to all families with children in selected classes.
Aims of Project
The research evaluation of the programme is being undertaken by CISHE, and the team is made up of researchers from AWARD and PHIRN. The first stage of the evaluation will investigate the programme’s aims and underpinning theory and the adaptation of the Australian programme. A review of the literature on alcohol misuse prevention interventions with young people will also be undertaken. The research will then go on to explore the early implementation of KATFF, examine how families engage with the programme, and assess the feasibility of extending KATFF to other parts of Wales.
Qualitative methods will be used, comprising documentary analysis, observation, focus-groups, interviews, and questionnaires. Data collection will include:
- interviews with members of the working group developing KATFF, school staff and other key stakeholders;
- analysis of documents relating to the programme’s development;
- observation of classroom preparation and the fun evening in two schools participating in KATFF;
- focus groups with parents and children to explore their experience of participating in KATFF; and
- a questionnaire, which will be distributed to all families invited to attend the KATFF programme in the two study schools.
The project will identify outcome measures for a definitive Phase III research trial of the KATFF Programme, and will assess the feasibility of implementing the programme in other parts of Wales. It aims to add to the evidence base in relation to how prevention interventions shape attitudes to drinking in the home, and the most effective ways of engaging with families in this area. The project runs from April 2008 until Jun 2009.
Alcohol Education and Research Council. The role of parents in preventing alcohol misuse: An Evaluation of the Kids, Adults Together Family Forum programme (KATFF). (Segrott J, PI with Moore L, Murphy S, and Webber, L (Gwent Police))
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