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DARE to be You

Health Factors: Education
Decision Makers: Grantmakers Nonprofit Leaders
Evidence Rating: Expert Opinion
Population Reach: 1-9% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

DARE to be You (DTBY) aims to increase parenting skills and children’s resilience among high-risk families (SAMHSA-NREPP, PPN). DTBY offers a variety of programs for youth and their families, but only the component for families with preschoolers is reviewed here. This component is comprised of 10 to 12 weekly sessions that each include two hours of workshops and a family meal. DTBY seeks to increase parent’s self-esteem, self-efficacy, and child development knowledge while teaching effective parenting techniques (PPN, SAMHSA-NREPP). By building resiliency, the program seeks to reduce later drug and alcohol use (DTBY). DARE to be You is not affiliated with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program (YG-DTBY).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Increased self-efficacy
Improved parenting
Increased resilience

Evidence of Effectiveness

DTBY is a suggested strategy to increase parenting skills and children’s resilience among high-risk families (PPN). Available evidence indicates that DTBY can increase parent’s self-esteem. In the short-term, the program can convince parents that they, rather than fate, can influence their lives and their children’s outcomes (PPN, YG-DTBY). DTBY also appears to improve parenting by helping parents avoid overly harsh punishments, discipline effectively, and set limits (PPN, SAMHSA-NREPP). However, additional evidence is needed to confirm these effects.

The program cost about $266 per family member in 2006 (SAMHSA-NREPP).

Implementation

United States

As of 2006, DTBY has been implemented in 27 sites. Program staff have conducted trainings in another 85 locations (SAMHSA-NREPP).

Implementation Resources

DTBY - Colorado State University (CSU). DARE to be You (DTBY): Decision-making, assertiveness, responsibility, esteem. Accessed on December 22, 2015

Citations - Description

DTBY - Colorado State University (CSU). DARE to be You (DTBY): Decision-making, assertiveness, responsibility, esteem. Accessed on December 22, 2015
PPN - Promising Practices Network (PPN). On children, families and communities. Accessed on December 7, 2016
SAMHSA-NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Accessed on February 9, 2017
YG-DTBY - Youth.gov (YG), Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP). DARE to be You (DTBY). Accessed on January 6, 2016

Citations - Evidence

PPN - Promising Practices Network (PPN). On children, families and communities. Accessed on December 7, 2016
SAMHSA-NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Accessed on February 9, 2017
YG-DTBY - Youth.gov (YG), Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP). DARE to be You (DTBY). Accessed on January 6, 2016

Citations - Implementation

SAMHSA-NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Accessed on February 9, 2017

Page Last Updated

January 16, 2013