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NCJ Number: 167128 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of Substance Use/Abuse in Early Adolescents With Behavior Problems
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:41  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1996)  Pages:11-38
Author(s): F Vitaro; P L Dobkin
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 28
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Boys and girls presumed to be at risk for the development of drug abuse problems were randomly assigned to a modified Life Skills Training program or to a control group to evaluate ways of preventing drug abuse by early adolescents with behavior problems.
Abstract: The 2-year prevention program was administered to 121 boys and girls aged 11 and 12 years. Treatment consisted of a modified version of the Life Skills Training Program. Results showed partial impact of the program on such proximal measures as social anxiety; self-esteem; influenceability; and knowledge of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Problem children in the prevention program became more assertive in comparison to control children. In addition, children in the prevention program gained more knowledge about cigarettes and marijuana. As for distal measures, children in the prevention program developed more negative attitudes toward cigarettes and marijuana from pre-test to post-test. No significant differences between prevention and control children, however, were obtained for the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Some links between proximal and distal variables were significant, albeit weak. Limits of child-centered prevention programs, especially with regard to at- risk children, are discussed. 65 references, 5 endnotes, and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Children at risk; Drug abuse education; Drug treatment programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile drug use; Life skills training; Problem behavior; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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