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Title: Effectiveness of the Logan Square Prevention Project: Interim Results
Journal: Drugs & Society  Volume:12  Issue:1/2  Dated:(1998)  Pages:87-103
Author(s): M D Godley; R Velasquez
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 5 H86 SPO2884-04
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to organize and evaluate a coalition of neighborhood agencies to provide a comprehensive array of school and community-based prevention services to reduce substance use and gang involvement among inner-city Hispanic youth in the Chicago area.
Abstract: An institutional cycles quasiexperimental design was used to evaluate the project's effectiveness with 651 pretest cohort students and 667 posttest cohort students attending grades 5 to 8 in two Chicago elementary schools. Cohorts were 75 to 79 percent Hispanic and 16 to 18 percent black. The project's consortium of service providers greatly increased the degree of cooperation and collaboration. Interim results supporting project goals showed gang involvement was significantly lower among the posttest cohort, compared to the pretest cohort. Statistical trends were found for decreased substance use and academic enhancement outcomes. A secondary analysis of predictors of youth at high versus lower risk for substance abuse problems revealed gang involvement was the strongest predictor of substance abuse risk, followed by grade in school, perceived closeness to gangs, perceived closeness to family, lower grades, and gender. Further evaluation is recommended to assess the effectiveness of additional posttest cohorts and to establish the relationship between type and amount of services received and attained outcomes. 13 references, 1 table, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Children at risk; Drug abuse; Drug prevention programs; Gang Prevention; Hispanic Americans; Hispanic gangs; Illinois; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Minority juvenile offenders; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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