Jay's World of Abstracts 00011
Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention
Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center
[Standard disclaimer: The nature of abstracts are that they
are pieces of something larger. Not everyone is going to be happy with
my choice of abstracts from any larger work, so if you are
dissatisfied, I would refer you to the original document, which should
be able to be found on the Internet. I encourage others to make their
own abstracts to satisfy their needs.
This abstract has a good definition of substance abuse and
general methods often used to prevent such abuse. I have made much use
of information that is linked to federal resources below the abstract.
A wealth of information awaits.
I produced this abstract using time paid for by the Quay
County Maternal Child and Community Health Council with funds from the
New Mexico Department of Health.
Substance abuse is a pervasive problem among juveniles. It has been
suggested that drug use may lead to other forms of delinquency and
hence many programs have targeted this area for prevention and
intervention strategies. Substance abuse programming for juveniles has
been implemented in a variety of ways including school-based education
programs, parent education programs, residential treatment programs,
multi-modal programs (involving family, youth and community). Programs
can target three distinct groups: youths that are pre-adolescent and
have not started using yet, youths who are at-risk and who may have
begun using, and youths that are abusers. Although programs vary in the
techniques used to achieve these goals, the majority of programs
emphasize decreased drug use of participants or delayed onset of use,
increased knowledge of substances and their effects, and increase youth
resiliency. Evidence is varied on the effectiveness of this type of
programming and often depends upon the target population and techniques
Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
for Substance Abuse Prevention: Model Programs