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NCJ Number: 180950 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating a Community-Based Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program for At-Risk Youth
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:29  Issue:3/4  Dated:1999  Pages:143-155
Author(s): Catherine A. DeGuire; Elizabeth Thyrum
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigates changes in psychological functioning as a result of participation in a community-based drug and alcohol prevention program for at-risk children.
Abstract: Twenty-three children (ages 10-13) who participated in Alternative Community Intervention (ACI) completed the Achenbach Youth Self-Report immediately before the program and again 6-12 months later. There was a trend towards significance for change on the self-destructiveness/identity problems scale. Socioeconomic status and baseline grades were associated with significant change after the program. Specifically, medium socioeconomic status and fair grades were associated with the greatest improvement in delinquency and cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social problems. The article suggests that information on factors such as gender, race, personality characteristics and socioeconomic status could be beneficial for targeting children who would benefit most from a particular community-based prevention program. Tables, figure, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse prevention; Children at risk; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Program evaluation; Underage Drinking
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