Creating a Strategic Plan for High School Students

Strategic Planning serves as the central core for many of GMU’s CAPH initiatives. The range of projects and resources offered by GMU’s CAPH provides assistance to individuals and organizations as they work with an audience of high school age. The Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America research project provides a rich insight into needs and issues appropriate for this audience. The traffic safety studies also provide helpful data and recommendations with this population.

Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America

This research provides in-depth insight regarding youths' decisions to consume or not consume alcohol. The national study included multiple methodologies, primarily qualitative approaches involving high school youth and parents. The report introduces teen drinking phenomenology, frameworks for youth positive and youth risk alcohol decisions, and a framework for community action. Recommendations for youth, parents, communities, and future research are included. For more information see the extensive literature review (pdf) and the complete appendices for this report.

Final Report (pdf)
Teen Drinking Literature Review

The foundation for the Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America research, an extensive literature review spanning five years provides summary and in-depth reviews of over 200 published articles. The literature is presented with ten categories (e.g., parents peers, school, community), and a compiled summary of findings for each category.

Literature Review (pdf)
Traffic Safety for Young Drivers

This national study reviewed approaches to best prepare and oversee young drivers. A focus on policies and practices was based on a national survey, national interviews, key informant interviews, focus groups, and a literature review. Themes, findings, and recommendations are highlighted.

Distracted Driving Study

While distracted driving affects multiple age groups, attention to this issue among high school youth is an important challenge. This national study included a review of professional literature, a curriculum and productive review, a national survey with each state, key informant interviews, state leader interviews, intercept interviews, and self-assessment and behavioral monitoring. Included are themes and findings, as well as recommendations on enforcement, legislation and education.

PowerPoint Final Report