An impact evaluation of ALERT El Paso

Maribel Alomari, University of Texas at El Paso


ALERT El Paso, is a comprehensive, 6-week, substance abuse education program targeted toward children (age 5–17) of parents who have become involved with child protective services because of suspected or substantiated child abuse or neglect. However, due to the extra capacity to provide services, ALERT El Paso has recently expanded this education program to other groups in the community including the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) after-school program, and the Central El Paso Community Organization (CEPCO) after-school program. The overall program goal of ALERT El Paso is to provide a set of educational and skill-building experiences that will: (a) prevent future drug, alcohol, and tobacco use by participating youth, (b) provide self-efficacy, coping, and life skills training for participating youth, and (c) ultimately improve the school and family functioning (family of origin or foster) of these children. Specific program objectives include age- and culturally-appropriate health education regarding the nature of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use and abuse; education to increase the subjective importance of avoiding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco; activities to develop the social skills and self-confidence necessary to resist drug use; and instruction and activities to help them understand and cope with their biological parents' substance abuse issues. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy|Health Sciences, Public Health|Health Sciences, Health Care Management

Recommended Citation

Alomari, Maribel, "An impact evaluation of ALERT El Paso" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1427708.