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NCJ Number: 158106 Find in a Library
Title: Can the Military Help Prevent Drug Use Among Youth?
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Congressionally requested efforts by the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish pilot outreach programs to reduce juvenile drug use were evaluated with respect to the suitability of the military for operating juvenile drug prevention programs, the costs and effectiveness of the programs, the effects on readiness, the numbers of youth such programs could reach, and desirable attributes of outreach programs using the military.
Abstract: DOD funded 12 programs across the services. Programs varied in size, location, format, intensity, and function. Formats included individual mentoring, adventure camps, physical fitness programs, and the funding of civilian programs. The time involved ranged from 1 to 9 hours per week. Results revealed that the military has a number of attributes that allow it to fill a niche within an overall, multiagency prevention strategy. The National Guard's close community ties may allow it to play a larger role. Programs were generally well run, cost $100-600 per youth per year or per program. Effects on drug use were not measured. The programs relied heavily on volunteers and had little effect on readiness. Such programs can reach only a small fraction of youth at risk. Modest programs that rely on volunteers and are designed locally but operate under a central leadership have the most promise for effectively using military personnel. Programs should target high-risk youth but not the most troubled.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Criminology; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use; US Armed Forces
Note: Rand Research Brief
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