Seattle Social Development Project

A universal program, the Seattle project is a school-based intervention for grades one through six that seeks to reduce shared childhood risks for delinquency and drug abuse by enhancing protective factors. The multicomponent intervention trains elementary school teachers to use active classroom management, interactive teaching strategies, and cooperative learning in their classrooms. At the same time, as children progress from grades one through six, their parents are provided a training session called ‘How To Help Your Child Succeed in School’, a family management skills training curriculum called ‘Catch ‘Em Being Good’, and the ‘Preparing for the Drug-Free Years’ curriculum. The interventions are designed to enhance opportunities, skills, and rewards for children’s prosocial involvement in both school and family settings, thereby increasing their bonds to school and family and commitment to the norm of not using drugs. Long-term results indicate positive outcomes for students who participated in the program: reductions in antisocial behaviour, improved academic skills, greater commitment to school, reduced levels of alienation and better bonding to prosocial others, less misbehavior in school, and fewer incidents of drug use in school.

Source: Hawkins et al. 1992

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