Widening the Disparity Gap: Differences in Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Groups in Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Programming

Changsoo Song, Jennifer N. Rutt, Mindy J Anderson-Knott

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This study examined racial and ethnic differences in the outcomes of a universal evidence-based program targeted to children and adolescents. Using data collected in 2015 and 2016 from the Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon program (N = 925), the study found the outcome of perceptions on risk of harm from alcohol use significantly different between the group of White respondents and the group of non-White respondents, and between the group of Hispanic respondents and the group of non-Hispanic respondents. Program effectiveness was found only among White and non-Hispanic respondents, widening the already existing gap between these populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2018



  • cultural adaptation
  • racial and ethnic group differences
  • substance abuse
  • universal prevention program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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