The mission of the Vernon ROCKS Coalition is to provide Resources & Outreach for Community Knowledge & Success to prevent youth substance abuse.
Risk and Protective Factors
Vernon ROCKS recognizes that the key to reducing youth substance abuse is to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors. Risk Factors are characteristics that are associated with a higher likelihood of negative behaviors/outcomes. Protective Factors are characteristics that are associated with a lower likelihood of negative behaviors/outcomes. These characteristics can be at the biological, psychological, family, community, and/or cultural level.
Sources: National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institute on Drug Abuse; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration