Strong African American Families

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Program Type and Risk Level:

  • Universal prevention program for parents and youth to attend

Developed by:

  • Gene H. Brody, Ph.D. University of Georgia

Program Contact Information:

Tracy Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Center for Family Research
University of Georgia
1095 College Station Road
Athens, GA 30602-4527
(706) 425-2992


Program Information:

  • SAAF is a seven-week culturally sensitive program for African American youth 10-14 and their parent/caregiver.


  • SAAF is a seven-week culturally sensitive program for youth 10-14 and their parent/caregiver. The program is intended universally for African American youth 10-14 and their parents/caregivers. Any family type is welcome including multiracial families.

Program Overview:

  • SAAF program is grounded in social bonding and control theories. The program is designed to strengthen family attachment and reduce the likelihood of youth problem behaviors including substance use.
  • Families attend a two hour session over seven consecutive weeks. Parents meet together with a facilitator in the first hour, while youth meet with their own facilitator concurrently. In the second hour families come back together for a family session.
  • Parent/caregiver topics cover parental monitoring, family communication, limit setting, parental school involvement, racial socialization, and clear expectations around sex and substance use. Youth sessions cover topics on goal setting, peer pressure resistance, racial socialization, family communication and expectations, and attitudes and perceptions about substance use.  Family sessions build on these topics.

Proven Research Outcomes:

  • Research on SAAF has had positive outcomes. Youth are less likely than the control group to initiate first time alcohol use, and youth who have used alcohol are less likely to show growth in alcohol use  . In addition, youth are less likely to become involved in conduct problems and are better able to handle stress, compared to the control group .  Youth in the study, compared to a control group, also had greater negative attitudes towards drug use and sexual activity, greater acceptance of parental influence, and greater peer pressure resistance skills


SAAF Training Document


Developers Logic Model

EPISCenter SAAF Logic Model
This logic model format aligns with other logic models created for evidence-based programs that are supported by EPISCenter.


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