Our Problem Behavior Reduction Goals

The Communities That Care model focuses on promoting positive youth development and preventing problem behaviors by assessing predictors both of problem behaviors and of positive youth outcomes. Risk and protective factors have been identified in research in many fields, including for problem adolescent behaviors. We have identified the following risk and protective factors as our priorities for immediate action, and have set the following goals:

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Behavior (8th Grade) 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate 2012 rate 2014 rate
30 Day Use of Marijuana 10.6 9.2 5.2 1.6 11.0 9.4 3.2
30 Day Use of Alcohol 24.6 20.7 21.8 15.3 21.3 16.8 7.2
Drunk or High at School 8.5 11.3 8.0 5.2 12.2 5.7 2.3
Suspended from School 6.8 11.9 7.2 4.4 17.4 8.3 4.7
Attacked Someone With Intent to Harm 9.4 19.6 9.4 17.8 18.2 9.1 7.0
Inhalants (ever used) 13.7 18.0 20.5 14.7 13.4 8.4 3.2

Because community efforts have succeeded in reducing the prioritized problem adolescent behaviors observed in Five Town 8th grade students to more acceptable levels, in 2013 the Five Town Communities That Care coalition decided to set future goals at the 10th grade level.

Behavior (10th Grade) 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate 2012 rate 2014 rate Goal (2018)
30 Day Use of Marijuana 29.6 33.8 27.0 23.6 30.5 25.7 15.7 20.0
30 Day Use of Alcohol 38.7 45.9 55.1 33.3 37.6 32.6 17.7 25.0
30 Day Use of Cigarettes 19.2 20.0 18.9 14.5 12.0 16.2 4.6 10.0
Binge Drinking of Alcohol 23.2 29.3 33.9 15.4 16.2 18.5 7.8 10.0
Selling Illegal Drugs 13.8 14.5 13.7 11.2 10.8 13.7 7.8 10.0
Being Drunk or High at School 24.0 25.0 24.4 17.6 18.6 19.4 8.5 12.0

Our Risk Factor Goals

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Risk Factor 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate 2012 rate 2014 rate Goal (2018)
Low Commitment To School (8th Grade) 59.0 65.1 48.6 53.3 56.8 52.0 46.1 45.0
Friends Who Engage in Problem Behaviors: Rewards for Antisocial Behavior (8th Grade) 36.0 40.0 41.3 32.1 49.6 47.1 28.1 37.0
Favorable Attitudes Toward Problem Behavior: Low Perceived Risk of Drug Use (10th Grade) 55.9 62.0 60.3 49.6 53.8 58.5 51.5 45.0

Our Protective Factor Goals

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Protective Factor 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate 2012 rate 2014 rate Goal (2018)
Interaction With Prosocial Peers (10th Grade) 35.5 37.4 35.2 41.5 49.2 42.3 55.0 52.0
Community Recognition For Prosocial Involvement (8th Grade) 42.7 38.0 37.3 53.6 52.4 39.1 39.7 60.0
Prosocial Involvement (8th Grade) 54.7 51.4 54.7 60.0 50.7 49.2 50.0 70.0

The mission of Five Town Communities That Care is to promote healthy youth development and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out, and teen pregnancy. We also seek to foster increased collaboration and cooperation in the community in order to best serve the needs of its youth.

Our vision is for a compassionate, accepting community of five towns where all people work together to create a safe and healthy environment for all.

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