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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

The Inter-American Consortium for Applied Research on Children and Communities: Translating Research into Action with Children and Adolescents in MedellÌn, Colombia

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Session Number: 34 Room: Salon I

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Linda Callejas (Jorge Nef--opening comments) Discussant: Lydia Medrano and Carlos Zalaquett

Synopsis: Researchers from the University of Antioquia and the Health Sciences Institute in MedellÌn, Colombia will discuss results of research and practice related to prevention of violence and drug use in Colombian children and adolescents. The projects presented address issues of national relevance with child mental health policy implications for one of the largest cities in Colombia. The presenters will be introduced and preceded by a short presentation on the importance of health security and the dynamics of development in Latin America.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Lessons from the Early Childhood Prevention Program in MedellÌn, Colombia

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Presenting: Luis Fernando Duque

All Authors for this paper: Luis Fernando Duque; Jose Fernando Orduz; Beatriz Caicedo; Juan Sandoval

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The authors describe characteristics and evolution of the MedellÌn City Early Child Aggression Program, which to their knowledge is the largest of this type of program in Latin America. This is the report of the first impact evaluation of the initial phase of this Program. Pre-post analysis reveals some positive effects possibly attributable to the Program, but this conclusion might be modified when a quasi-experimental analysis is completed, which will also assess fidelity to the Program. A major influence on program impact is the perception of violence in neighborhood, which greatly reduces positive effects. At present, Program effects do not seem to be influenced by domestic violence situations or family delinquency antecedents.

Factors Associated with Drug Use among Pre-Teens and Adolescents in MedellÌn, Colombia

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Presenting: Yolanda Torres de Galvis

All Authors for this paper: Yolanda Torres de Galvis

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The authors describe a research project conducted with students in 6th through 11th grade to determine risk and protective factors related to adolescent drug use. The project relied on a mixed method case study design with logistic regression analysis applied to data collected. The main protective factors identified through the study, include a sense of spirituality and belief in God, healthy lifestyle, family cohesion, and support networks. The main risk factors identified, include the use of legal drugs, violent or aggressive behavior, a history of domestic or sexual abuse, and family dysfunction.