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NCJ Number: 127614 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Directions for the School and the Family (From Drug Abuse, P 17-38, 1987, Raymond J Reitz, ed. -- See NCJ-127612)
Author(s): E Smith
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Phi Delta Kappa
Bloomington, IN 47402
Sale Source: Phi Delta Kappa
Ctr on Evaluation, Development & Research (CEDR)
Box 789
Bloomington, IN 47402
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of the nature and causes of drug abuse among youth accompanies a discussion of treatment approaches and the roles of schools and the community in addressing the problem.
Abstract: The abuse of alcohol and drugs is a general problem that is particularly severe among adolescents and youth, particularly in cities. Family characteristics believed to be contributing factors include the emotional unavailability of parents, negative communication patterns, lack of consistent limits on children's behavior, and difficulty in expressing anger. Having a drug-abusing parent is also believed to be related to youthful drug abuse. Treatment models include punitive, medical-psychiatric, communal, religious, chemotherapeutic, and community-based approaches. Prevention efforts should include workshops on adolescent drug abuse and family dynamics. In addition, teachers and school counselors should receive training related to drug abuse prevention and recognition. Schools should also recognize that scare tactics have little influence and should include primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in their efforts. 44 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Drug prevention programs; School delinquency programs
Note: Reprinted from Urban Education, V 16, N 3 (October 1981), P 311-332
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