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NCJ Number: 122887 Find in a Library
Title: Peer Approaches for Adolescent Prevention and Intervention Programs
Author(s): M LaKritz
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contract Number: A-0094-4
Sale Source: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs
1700 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Peer programs provide an opportunity to exert positive peer pressure encouraging functional behaviors and increasing self-esteem for those who participate as peer counselors, educators, and organizers as well as those who are recipients of their help.
Abstract: Peer-focused program strategies may include peer teaching, peer counseling, peer support groups, and peer helpers. Each type of program is built upon the premise that peers have an enormous influence whether positive or negative on adolescent behavior. By using the power of positive peer influence, peer programs have been shown to have the greatest potential for positive outcome in combating adolescent health-risking behaviors. Furthermore, peer programs empower young people to make positive change and help themselves and others through meaningful contributions. Schools are an ideal place for these programs because of the large number of students that can be reached and involved. In addition, establishment of peer programs in the schools highlights their need throughout the community and encourages other teen programs to follow suit. 8 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment; Underage Drinking Programs
Index Term(s): California; Peer counseling; Treatment intervention model
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