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NCJ Number: 132969 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol and Other Drugs: When They Strike Runaway and Homeless Youth (From North American Directory of Programs for Runaways, Homeless Youth, and Missing Children, P 1-11, 1991, Timothy J. Treanor and William W. Treanor, eds. - see NCJ-132968)
Author(s): T J Treanor
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: American Youth Work Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: American Youth Work Ctr
1200 17th Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As a result of alcohol and other drug use which can impair judgment and affect concentration, attention span, memory, thinking, and coordination, runaway and homeless youth are becoming the victims of unwanted pregnancies, drug overdoses, AIDS, heart attacks, and automobile accidents. Youth workers who come into contact with these children may have an opportunity to dissuade them from further drug use.
Abstract: Experts recommend grouping risk and protective factors when assessing the needs of children or adolescents in order to determine the areas which merit close attention. Risk factors for alcohol and other drug use include family problems such as a history of drug abuse, family management problems, neglect or abuse, and unstable family relationships; environmental problems including early antisocial behavior, academic failure, friends who use drugs, and socially or economically disadvantaged living conditions; and personality problems including alienation or rebelliousness, favorable attitudes toward drugs, and early first use of drugs. Some strengths in family, environment, or personality which may serve as protective factors include adequate family income, close family relationships, low unemployment, adequate educational and social services, developed problem-solving skills, good physical health, and social adeptness. The situation for homeless children using drugs is complicated by health problems prevalent in homeless people, poor hygiene, and the increased violence of drinking youth. Workers dealing with alcohol and other drug use in these youth need to help them confront their dependency as well as other emotional and behavioral, learning and concentration, and health problems. 14 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use; Runaways
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Homeless children; Underage Drinking
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