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NCJ Number: 136192 Find in a Library
Title: Educating Adolescents on the Dangers of Premature Childbearing and Drug Use: A Focus on Prevention
Journal: Child and Adolescent Social Work  Volume:8  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1991)  Pages:327-338
Author(s): P Allen-Meares
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the use of preventive education intervention to reduce the risk of premature parenthood and experimentation with drugs among adolescents.
Abstract: The first section of the article presents incidence data on sexual behaviors and drug use, followed by an overview of adolescent development and a discussion of theories that attempt to explain why adolescents are at risk for drug use and premature childbearing. A section then explores the literature on the prevention of premature parenthood and drug experimentation. The literature contains empirical findings that prevention is effective. The article concludes with a presentation of principles designed to guide preventive efforts. The generic prevention model proposed targets multiple systems (youth, families, schools, community organizations, the media, etc.) and uses multiple strategies. The model creates an environment that is conducive to information dissemination. A diverse group is trained to impact information so as to reach diverse target populations. All youth are targeted rather than a few subgroups of youth. The preventive efforts promote health and success in contrast to a focus on deviance or the etiology of the problem. The model perceives preventive intervention as a long-term process that begins at an early age and continues through the life stages. 22 references
Main Term(s): Adolescent pregnancy; Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescent parents; Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs
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