SDRG In The News
Rural kids carrying handguns is ‘not uncommon’ and starts as early as sixth grade
Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carried a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. And, the study found, many of those rural kids started carrying as early as the sixth grade.
4th Symposium on Marijuana Research in Washington
June 9, 2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Alder Hall Auditorium, UW Campus
On June 9, 2020, the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute will host its 4th symposium on marijuana research in Washington State, in partnership with Washington State University. The program will feature cannabis research conducted at both institutions, and is intended for researchers, policy makers, and others interested in cannabis research in Washington State.
NWPTTC Emerging Topics in Prevention Science Webinar
The Vaping Epidemic: Troubling Trends and Their Implications for Youth Cannabis Use Prevention and Policy - A Call to Action
January 31, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am Alaska
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Pacific
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm Mountain
The first part of this webinar will present the latest data on national and regional trends in adolescent and young adult cannabis use and vaping, as well as emerging research on unique risks from cross-fading (i.e., simultaneous use of cannabis and alcohol). Research on perceived risk of cannabis use, trends in drugged-driving, and the negative cognitive, academic, and mental health consequences of cannabis use will also be discussed – including a specific focus on how prevention specialists can use this research to inform their work. The second part will review characteristics of the evolving cannabis market such as increasing potency, flavors and product diversification, and marketing practices driving the vaping epidemic, and discuss policy approaches to address these risks. Lastly it will discuss the role that participants can play in mobilizing community stakeholders to affect cannabis regulatory practices and protect public health, and how a clearer understanding of what is driving the youth vaping epidemic could inform these approaches.
40 Years of SDRG Research
As we wind down our 40th anniversary celebration year we want to share with you some highlights from SDRG’s 40 years of research. We are fortunate to have collaborated with so many—we discovered we had more than 720 distinct co-authors on our 850 publications and we are extremely proud of our collaborative work with so many researchers. Thank you for letting us share our 40th anniversary with you!
NWPTTC Enhanced Prevention Learning Series: Organizational Elements of Effective Coalitions (online; limited to 20 participants)
Session 1 - January 9, 2020
Session 2 - January 16, 2020
Session 3 - January 23, 2020
Session 4 - January 30, 2020
Session 5 - February 6, 2020
Session 6 - February 13, 2020
Session 6 - February 13, 2020
This 7-week series offers a unique interactive experience that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about the key organizational elements that assist coalitions of all types to operate efficiently and effectively. This series will have a special focus on coalitions that promote healthy youth development to reduce substance misuse and other related problem behaviors. Participants will explore a variety of organizational principles that will assist them in the overall development of their coalition by learning more about how to engage and sustain involvement of key stakeholders and members over time, how to utilize dynamic group-development strategies, and how their efforts can connect with other coalition efforts in their area. The learning series is structured to provide online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and self-study activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to an effective community coalition structure when focusing on primary prevention. Participants will have the opportunity during the course to discuss specific "next steps" questions.
Congratulations on these awards at the November 2019 Washington State Prevention Summit!
For their work to promote mental health and wellness and prevent substance use disorder, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently honored several individuals and organizations at the 35th annual Washington State Prevention Summit, held Nov. 5 and 6 in Yakima. SDRG awards include the following:
SDRG: Contribution to Prevention by an organization, Business or Agency
Richard F. Catalano, Lifetime Achievement
Kevin P. Haggerty, Prevention Professional
Teen marijuana use may have next-generation effects
A new SDRG study shows how a parent’s use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child’s substance use and well-being.
Decades after a grade-school program to promote social development, adults report healthier, more successful lives
SDRG researchers Rick Kosterman, et al., have found that that “good life” in adulthood can start in grade school, by teaching parents and teachers to build stronger bonds with their children, and to help children form greater attachments to family and school. In a study of more than 800 adults throughout their 30s — a group we have followed since they were fifth-graders at Seattle elementary schools in 1985 — the people who reported better health and socioeconomic status were, consistently, those whose parents and teachers had received lessons aimed at building stronger bonds with their children decades ago.
SDRG has prominent presence at 2019 Society for Prevention Research annual meeting
Richard F. Catalano will be inducted as a fellow of the Society for Prevention Research during the May 28–31 annual meeting in San Francisco. In addition, three SDRG-authored papers to be presented during the same meeting were designated Abstracts of Distinction.
A number of SDRG researchers are presenting at the upcoming Society for Prevention Research annual meeting, May 28-31, 2019, in San Francisco, CA.
Click on "read more" for a list of SDRG presentations.
SDRG celebrates 40 years of prevention science
Since 1979, the Social Development Research Group has worked to understand and promote prevention science.
Free Foster Care and Adoption Training Curriculum Being Tested in Seven States
Work is underway to test a national foster and adoptive parent training model that will be free for systems to use by 2022.
SDRG is conducting an ongoing evaluation of this curriculum which aims to impact parenting confidence, preparedness for parenting, as well as a greater understanding of the impact of trauma, separation, grief, and loss. Long-term outcomes of the curriculum hope to show improved placement stability and permanency rates, as well as increased child and family well-being.
UW Interfraternity Council adopts new ban on hard alcohol
Because overconsumption of hard alcohol is one of the most high-risk behaviors common in fraternities, the UW Interfraternity Council (IFC) has banned all hard alcohol (anything over 15 percent alcohol) to enhance health and safety in fraternities. According to Kevin Haggerty, SDRG director, harmful effects of binge drinking and hard alcohol use include alcohol toxicity, which can lead to death; as well as blackouts, not being able to remember things, violence, aggression, interpersonal violence, and poor school performance.
Rather than completely banning alcohol, which seems like a lofty and unreasonable goal, the IFC is looking for ways to create safer drinking habits at fraternities by changing the culture perceived to encourage binge drinking. In order to truly solve the problem of binge drinking on college campuses, including within fraternities, more involved approaches may be required than a hard alcohol ban that is mainly enforced by students themselves. However, this ban could function as a starting point off of which fraternities can begin a larger conversation on safe drinking habits and reducing risky behaviors.
Listen to KUOW interview with Nicole Eisenberg on talking to your kids about marijuana.
Kim Malcolm talks with SDRG researcher Dr. Nicole Eisenberg about the challenges facing parents as they talk to their children about using marijuana.
Parenting in the age of legal pot: Household rules, conversations help guide teen use.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and advice.
SDRG is seeking to hire a new Administrator. Please click on "read more" below for more information on this outstanding opportunity.
The Administrator serves in a variety of roles and must demonstrate effective management and administrative skills in exercising extensive independent judgment and decision-making authority in performing and directing the full range of management services, including program and budget planning, grant and contract budget administration, personnel administration and facilities management both within the unit and in coordination with the School of Social Work leadership team. With the Director, and Assistant Director, the Administrator is part of SDRG’s executive management team to work with the SDRG Executive Committee to meet the goals of the Group.
SDRG Directors honored at SSWR conference
Three members of the Social Development Research Group were honored in San Francisco last week at the national conference for the Society for Social Work and Research. School of Social Work Professor Kevin Haggerty, who also directs SDRG, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Noted SDRG researchers and School professors, J. David Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano, received the SSWR’s 2019 Distinguished Career Achievement Award for their high-impact scholarship, rigorous scientific approach to social work research, and major contributions to the field. Hawkins and Catalano share a 40-year partnership, capped by the development, testing and dissemination of the Communities That Care prevention system, which focused the national conversation on a community-based approach to positive youth development. In his remarks at the awards ceremony, Hawkins acknowledged the ongoing support he and Catalano have received, commenting: “It all begins at home. We are grateful for our supportive home community—the UW School of Social Work.”
Many of SDRG’s scientists will be attending the Society for Social Work and Research conference, January 16 - 20, 2019 in San Francisco, CA.
Come join us and check out one of our presentations, posters, roundtables, and talks. Drs. Catalano and Hawkins will also be receiving the 2019 Distinguished Career Achievement Award! (January 19, 2:00 PM: Continental Ballroom 6, Ballroom Level)
New research: For families impacted by foster care, Friends of the Children's model is a promising solution
A new study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Friends of the Children's long-term mentoring model is a promising solution for families impacted by foster care.
Seattle Times Op Ed by David Hawkins and Kevin Haggerty: Invest in proven prevention programs to stem addiction epidemic
To make more progress on fighting opioid addiction, communities should start with youth early in proven programs that prevent misuse of drugs.
Raising Healthy Children: 5 Ways To Teach Doing the Right Thing
A recent article in Your Teen Magazine describes five key protective strategies for children and teens to feel connected to their families and withstand negative peer pressure. These strategies, employed in SDRG's Raising Healthy Children program, have been found by prevention science researchers to prevent risky behavior and promote healthy behaviors among youth.
New book on Communities That Care by Abigail Fagan, David Hawkins, Richard Catalano, and David Farrington
Communities That Care: Building Community Engagement and Capacity to Prevent Youth Behavior Problems, a new publication released Dec. 3 by Oxford University Press, is the first comprehensive description of the development, implementation and evaluation of the Communities That Care prevention system pioneered at the Social Development Research Group.
David Hawkins and Richard Catalano receive distinguished career achievement award from the Society for Social Work and Research
This award recognizes the duo for their outstanding scholarship, rigorous approach to social work research, innovation, impact and major contributions to the field. The award will be presented in January at the SSWR conference in San Francisco.
Kevin Haggerty named AASWSW fellow
Kevin Haggerty has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
UW School of Social Work ranked #1 in scholarly productivity among schools of social work in the U.S.
A new study in the journal Scientometrics found that of all schools of social work with doctoral programs in the U.S, the UW School of Social Work’s ranks #1 in scholarly productivity. This ranking is based on the h-index, which measures both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of scientists or scholars. The productivity of SDRG made a strong contribution to this ranking for the School!
J. David Hawkins elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
The mission of the academy is “to provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policymaking in Washington, and to increase the role and visibility of science in the state."
SDRG Presentations at SPR Annual Meeting
Many of SDRG’s scientists will be attending the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, May 29 - June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Come join us and check out one of our
presentations, posters, roundtables, and talks.
Community efforts to prevent teen problems have lasting benefits
Findings from the Community Youth Development Study show that young adults who grew up in communities that used the Communities That Care system were more likely to have abstained from substance use, violence and other antisocial behaviors through age 21.
Communities in Action receives funding for their work in promoting healthy youth development in Southeast and Central Seattle
King County, Seattle Foundation partner with 27 nonprofits to improve health, social, and economic outcomes.