Versión Española Irefrea

European Family Empowerment: Improving family skills to prevent alcohol and drug related problems is a capacity-building prevention project aimed to increase family organizational capacity and family synergies working together with other organizations towards prevention. Its main objective is to explore and develop the preventive possibilities of current European families on their children alcohol and drug use and to find the conditions through which these skills could be enhanced, by identifying the conditions that will facilitate parents’ empowerment when managing their children risk behaviours.

The project has been planned to be developed in three years. During the first year an exhaustive literature research on parents risk and protective factors as well as on organizational development was conducted (see publications). Then parent and adolescents questionnaires were specifically developed for the survey (see Methodology / Data and Tools).

Survey to about 7.921 scholars (aged 12-18 years-old) and their parents (3.587 participants) was conducted during the winter of 2010-2011 in six European countries: Sweden, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal and United Kingdom. Protocols for field work as well as questionnaires can be consulted (see Methodology / Data and Tools).

Data analysis of survey and focus groups held is being undertaken and will be presented along with guidelines for parents and professionals working in the field in the upcoming seminar to be held in Palma de Mallorca on the 25th and 26th of October 2012.

This project is lead by IREFREA –Spain with the participation of the Centre for Public Health of the Liverpool John Moores University, the Centre of Addictology of Charles University in Prague, STAD (Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems), the UTRIP Institute and IREFREA – Portugal.


As an extension of this project, IREFREA has developed a Family Platform.

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With the financial support from the Drug Prevention and Information Programme of the European Union

EFE - European Family Empowerment: Improving family skills to prevent alcohol and drug related problems. Grant agreement JLS/DPIP/2008-2/112