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Effective Strategies for Assessing Bullying, Violence, and Substance Abuse

Event Date: 
June 12, 2013 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Webinar - Adobe Connect

Nearly 72 million Americans (57 million adults and 15 million children), representing approximately 23% of the population, are affected by mental illness or substance use disorders in any given year. To address this issue, SAMHSA’s 2012 State Policy Academy on Preventing Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Children and Youth is working with participating states to build their statewide prevention infrastructure for children, youth, and young adults. The resulting infrastructure will support the systematic advancement of prevention-focused social policies and programs for children, youth, and young adults.

To provide these supports, it is important to gain an understanding of the learning environment so that policies and programs can be targeted where they are most needed. To that end, assessing the occurrence of risky behaviors—in particular bullying, violence, and substance abuse—can help focus prevention efforts in the most effective way.

In this webinar, participants were able to learn strategies to design and conduct surveys to measurebullying, violence, and substance abuse. Links to appropriate resources and examples of such assessments are provided.

Intended Audience

This webinar was specifically designed for members of participating State Policy Academy teams, but is appropriate for those interested in quality assessment practice.

Key Outcomes

As a result of participating in this session, participants were able to:

  • Describe elements of an effectively managed survey process addressing bullying, violence, and/or substance abuse;
  • Discuss the key elements of effective survey administration; and
  • Identify essential ways to measure bullying, violence, and substance abuse.


Lina Guzman, Child Trends (Survey Specialist); and Greg Austin, WestEd (External Survey Developer for three S3 states: CA, LA, SC).

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