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NCJ Number: 127791 Find in a Library
Title: Family Systems Theory and Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Proposal for Expanding the Role of the School
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:57-76
Author(s): J C Wight
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document proposes a 2-fold program for the expansion of the school's role in the identification and rehabilitation of the substance-abusing student.
Abstract: The program is based on a treatment modality that is used in the field of drug dependence: the family systems model. This model includes two basic concepts: (1) Adolescents are integrally involved, both physically and emotionally, with their families and much of their behavior is in reaction to family dynamics; and (2) Successful intervention must include not only the chemically-dependent adolescent, but his or her most powerful social unit as well: the family. Using this model, the school can expand its effort to combat drug abuse by (1) having teachers, administrators, and support staff work as a team to identify students with alcohol or drug-related problems; (2) using the family systems model when referring the student to a treatment center; (3) continuing to be a partner in the recovery process and assist the family system; (4) developing workshops for parents on an ongoing basis; and (5) incorporating itself into the family system. 31 references (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile drug use; School delinquency programs
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