Our Problem Behavior Reduction Goals

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Behavior (8th Grade) 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate Goal (2012)
30 Day Use of Marijuana 10.6 9.2 5.2 1.6 11.0 4.0
30 Day Use of Alcohol 24.6 20.7 21.8 15.3 21.3 13.5
Drunk or High at School 8.5 11.3 8.0 5.2 12.2 4.0
Suspended from School 6.8 11.9 7.2 4.4 17.4 3.5
Attacked Someone With Intent to Harm 9.4 19.6 9.4 17.8 18.2 7.1
Inhalants (ever used) 13.7 18.0 20.5 14.7 13.4 10.0

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:

Our Risk Factor Goals

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Risk Factor (8th Grade) 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate Goal (2012)
Low Commitment To School 59.0 65.1 48.6 53.3 56.8 45.0
Friends Who Engage in Problem Behaviors: Rewards for Antisocial Behavior 36.0 40.0 41.3 32.1 49.6 25.0
Family Conflict 42.5 44.6 51.6 41.8 57.4 30.0
Laws and Norms Favorable to Drug Use 39.5 46.0 32.3 29.7 34.4 25.0

Our Protective Factor Goals

(All rates expressed as percentages)

Protective Factor (8th Grade) 2002 rate 2004 rate 2006 rate 2008 rate 2010 rate Goal (2012)
Interaction With Prosocial Peers 52.7 47.1 48.1 57.3 46.2 60.0
Rewards For Prosocial Involvement 53.9 42.9 55.1 54.5 53.5 70.0
Prosocial Involvement 54.7 51.4 54.7 60.0 50.7 70.0
Community Recognition for Prosocial Involvement 42.7 38.0 37.3 53.6 52.4 60.0

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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