Risk Factors

The Cheltenham CTC Prevention Board has identified four priority risk factors that can lead youth in the Cheltenham/West Oak Lane area to engage in problem behaviors:

  1. Family Management
    Families experiencing stress such as conflict, parenting problems, and poor communication skills have a more challenging time working through the pre-adolescent and adolescent stages without tremendous turmoil or negative outcomes. Poor family management practices include lack of clear expectations of behavior, failure of parents to monitor their children, and excessively severe or inconsistent punishment. These practices place youth at higher risk for substance use, delinquency and other problem behaviors.
  2. Depressive Symptoms
    Young people who are depressed are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and are more likely to use drugs and become involved in problem behavior.
  3. Friends Delinquent Behavior
    One of the most consistent predictors identified by research is when young people who associate with peers who engage in delinquent behavior are much more likely to engage in delinquent behavior themselves.
  4. Low Perceived Risks of Drug Use
    The perception of harm from drug use is related to both experimentation and regular use. The less harm an adolescent perceives as the result of drug use, the more likely it is that he or she will use drugs.

To learn more about our Risk and Protective Factors, please see our fact sheet.

Upcoming Meetings
and Events

Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:30-11:30 a.m.
La Mott Community Center