Listening to One Another

Categories:

Categories associated with best practice:

  • Health Equity
  • Individual
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  • Children (ages 6-12) icon
  • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
  • Community/ Neighbourhood
  • Culture
  • English
  • Mental Health Icon 2
  • Personal health practices and coping skills

Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Personal health practices and coping skills

Overview

Originally developed in the US, with moderately positive results, the Listening to One Another program for youth (aged 10-14 yrs.) and their families has been culturally adapted by First Nation partners. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has funded the research project since 2011.

This family-centred drug and alcohol abuse program includes 15 weekly experiential learning sessions with unique themes for adolescents and their families to promote family well-being and Indigenous values. Findings from the U.S. adaptation suggest a high retention rate for participating families relative to other programs that have been culturally adapted, high levels of family attendance, and significant impact in youth behaviour. It is currently being adapted for various communities and the impact is being monitored.

Primary Source Document

M Walls, L Whitbeck, Mental Health Promotion for Aboriginal Youth

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Melissa Walls (a University of Minnesota-Duluth researcher from an Indigenous background) and Les Whitbeck (from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), McGill University

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
To enhance psychological, social, and emotional well-being among Aboriginal youth, their families and communities.
  • Community level
  • Individual level
  • Interpersonal level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Mental Health

Risk Reduction

  • Prevent/reduce alcohol use/abuse

Specific Activities of the Intervention

  • Training offered in prevention and policy development
  • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition

Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

Life Stage

  • Children (age 6-12 years)

Settings

Educational Settings

    Community Setting

    • Community/neighbourhood

    Outcomes

    Outcomes and Impact Chart
    Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
    Individual LevelChildren who entered the program at a younger age and have not yet started to drink showed delays in onset of drinking behaviour.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Individual LevelHigher retention of culturally specific content.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Individual LevelHigher participation of families.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Individual LevelModest improvement in anger management.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.

    Adaptability

    Implementation History

    • Multiple implementations - Different settings/populations/providers - The intervention showed significant adaptability as it has been implemented in different settings or with different populations or by different provider(s). This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

    Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

    • Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.

    Are there supports available for implementation

    Yes.

    Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

    Yes. Contact program coordinator