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Familias Unidas

The Department of Public Health Sciences has developed an empirically validated prevention program, Familias Unidas. Familias Unidas is a Hispanic-specific, family-based preventive intervention designed to prevent problem behaviors, including conduct disorders, illicit drug use, alcohol use, cigarette use, and sexual risk behaviors by improving family functioning (e.g., parent-adolescent communication, family support) among Hispanic youth ages 12-17. Familias Unidas is the only behavioral intervention program designed specifically for Hispanic adolescents and their families that has been shown to be efficacious in preventing and reducing smoking, illicit drug use, externalizing behavior problems, and unsafe sexual behavior.

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