Safety Awareness For Empowerment (SAFE): An RCT With Young People Experiencing Homelessness

2019-12-06 00:24:49 | BioPortfolio


The SAFE study examines the effects of brief mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral intervention aimed at improving risk-related attention skills (risk detection, problem solving, assertiveness, and help seeking) in order to reduce substance use and victimization among young people (ages 18-21) experiencing homelessness.


Youth (ages 18-21) living at a local youth shelter will be recruited and randomly assigned to receive the SAFE intervention (plus usual case management) or to receive usual case management only. Those assigned to SAFE will receive 12 mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral modules through a 3-day intensive group intervention provided by an agency intern and a hired project staff member. The intervention uses mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral approaches to augment youth attention to risk-related processes, including risk detection, problem solving, assertiveness, and help seeking skills. It is hypothesized the intervention will result in reduced substance use and victimization and that these effects will be explained, at least in part, by improved risk-related attention skills (risk detection, problem solving, assertiveness, and help seeking skills). Post baseline interview, participants will be randomly assigned and will participate in a posttest interview (1 week post baseline) and follow up interviews at 6-weeks, 3-months, and 6-months post baseline interview.

Study Design


Substance Use


Safety Awareness For Empowerment (SAFE)


Urban Peak Shelter and University of Denver
United States




University of Denver

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-12-06T00:24:49-0500

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