CAST is designed to help at-risk youth to:
- Increase Mood Management – depression, hopelessness, anxiety and anger.
- Decrease Drug Involvement – alcohol, marijuana and hard drug use, drug use control problems and adverse drug use consequences.
- Decrease Suicide Risk Factors – global suicide risk behavoirs, ideation, threats, attempts and positive attitudes toward suicide.
- Increase Protective Factors – personal control, problem-solving and coping, family support, and decreases in school problems (dropouts, absenteeism and dissatisfaction with school).
When compared to a control group who received a brief assessment and intervention, major outcomes of the CAST students showed significant improvements, particularly decreases in 4 risk factors and increases in 3 protective factors.
Please download the CAST Stakeholder Brochure with further details, or see more CAST results in The CAST Program: An Overview (ppt).