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Preventing cancer: a community-based program for youths in public housing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23601616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This article describes a feasibility study of a program that mentors boys aged 14-18 living in inner city public housing, engages them in a basketball league, and provides educational sessions on life skills and ways to resolve conflicts without violence. Such programs have the potential to engage adolescent males living in public housing in activities that reduce cancer-related behaviors and increase protective behaviors.
METHODS: We conducted a feasibility evaluation of the program, which included a survey of participants, interviews with coaches, and observations of games and practices.
RESULTS: Lifetime and previous-30-day substance use was common among participants, and many were exposed to and had experienced various forms of violence. Keeping youths active helps prevent their joining gangs and using drugs.
CONCLUSIONS: Youths from disadvantaged backgrounds are at a high risk for cancer because they are at greater risk for obesity and other adverse health-related conditions than are more affluent youths. Implementing and sustaining community programs for youths in public housing can reduce the effects of exposure to factors that put them at risk for cancer during adulthood: chronic poverty, lack of safe areas for recreation, easy access to alcohol and drugs, and exposure to violence. In addition, workshops to prevent substance use and violence and to teach leadership, sportsmanship, conflict resolution, and healthy youth development are needed for youths, coaches, and parents or guardians.
Lee Strunin; Laura Wulach; Grace J Yang; Tegan C Evans; Sami U Hamdan; Gregory L Davis; Deborah J Bowen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1879-1972     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-22     Completed Date:  2013-10-31     Revised Date:  2014-04-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102136     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S83-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Feasibility Studies
Intervention Studies
Interviews as Topic
Neoplasms / prevention & control*
Obesity / prevention & control
Public Housing*
Risk Factors
Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
Violence / prevention & control
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