Sustaining a school-based prevention program: Results from the Aban Aya Sustainability Project

Michael C. Fagen, Brian R. Flay

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Sustaining effective school-based prevention programs is critical to improving youth and population-based health. This article reports on results from the Aban Aya Sustainability Project, an effort to sustain a school-based prevention program that was tested via a randomized trial and targeted violence, drug use, and risky sex-related behaviors among a cohort of 5th-grade African American children followed through 10th grade. Sustainability project health educators trained parent educators to deliver the Aban Aya prevention curriculum in five schools, and project researchers studied the resultant curricular implementation and relations between the research and school-based teams. Study results showed uneven implementation across the five schools that we largely attributed to parent educator preparation and parent educator-health educator relations. These and related results are discussed to answer the study's primary research question: How viable was the sustainability project's parent-centered approach to sustaining a school-based prevention program?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Parent involvement
  • School-based programs
  • Sex education
  • Substance use
  • Sustainability
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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