The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will hold its annual meeting, May 27-29, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001. The featured story ideas below do not have an embargo. Reporters can reach authors by registering (free) for the meeting to attend specific presentations. You can also call 703-615-2466 to schedule media interviews anytime during the meeting.
Low-Income Mothers & Pregnancy: How Prevention Science Influenced President's Obama's Budget? May 28, 2009, Dinner & Awards Ceremony, Hyatt Regency.
Low-income mothers and mothers-to-be would become eligible for a proposed nurse-family partnership program under President Obama's budget proposals. Prevention science has demonstrated that programs like this can lead to improved prenatal health, fewer childhood injuries and fewer subsequent pregnancies. More than three decades of research, especially research conducted by Dr. David Olds, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado at Denver, played an important role in the President's decision to invest in programs that can help low-income mothers now and save money in the long run.
African-Americans Adults: Taking up Heroin after 32. May 29 2009 2:45PM - 4:15 PM Hyatt Regency, Rooms: Washington / Valley Forge
There is a good understanding of the risk factors associated with adolescent and young adult onset of substance use and disorders, but little is known about why adults start abusing alcohol and drugs. Yet a significant number of African-American adults develop substance abuse problems and start heroin after age 32. Can this be prevented? Does unemployment affect substance abuse later in life?
The European Drinking Model: Do European youth really drink less because they are introduced to drinking early in life? May 28 2009 3:00PM - 4:30 PM, Hyatt Regency, Rooms: Washington / Lexington/Concord
The "European Drinking Model" often comes up when policy makers talk about laws establishing drinking age minimums and family practices associated with alcohol use. A commonly held perception among Americans is that European youth tend to drink less alcohol and experience fewer negative consequences associated with alcohol use than teens in the United States. This is based on the idea that early introduction of alcohol to youth de-mystifies alcohol and reduces the desire for the "forbidden fruit." Yet research has shown that teens in Europe tend to drink as or more often than Americans and are more likely to engage in binge drinking than American youth. What do we really know about teen drinking in the US and in Europe?
Mother-Daughter Relationships: How do they affect Adolescent Girls? May 28 2009 1:15PM - 2:45 PM, Hyatt Regency, Rooms: Washington / Yorktown
Adolescence is an important time in the development of health behaviors, especially for girls, and it intensifies the already complex relationships girls have with their bodies. In addition, adolescent girls often report losses in their relationships, particularly with their mothers and other adult females. At the same time, mothers are facing new challenges in parenting and potentially changing feelings about their own bodies, reproduction, and health. How do mother-daughter relationships affect issues related to conflict, control, shared health beliefs and values, as well as specific health behaviors, such as risky sexual activity, drug use, healthy eating and physical activity?
Other Newsworthy Story Ideas: There are many other newsworthy presentations at this meeting. Some of the other interesting topics are: Youth Suicide Prevention, Preventing Sexual Violence, Early Initiation and Health-Risking Sexual Behavior, and New Drug Prevention Approaches.
|Contact: Prabhu Ponkshe|
Society for Prevention Research