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NCJ Number: 184420 Find in a Library
Title: Campus Substance Abuse Policies in Action: The Role of the Resident Hall Staff
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:45  Issue:1  Dated:Fall 1999  Pages:13-31
Author(s): Tom O'Hare; Margaret V. Sherrer
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the role of the resident hall staff in implementing university substance abuse policies.
Abstract: A survey of 87 resident hall staff (RHS) used frequency data and factor analysis to summarize the following: RHS-reported estimates of student substance abuse and related problems, their level of knowledge about these drugs, frequency of problems experienced by students and interventions used, the degree of confidence in dealing with specific problems and using specific intervention skills. Qualitative responses about their role and suggestions for improving university policies were also summarized. RHS saw their role as a combination of counselor and enforcer, saw substance abuse problems as essentially learned behavior, and leaned toward a harm reduction approach to intervention. They saw a deep need for more effective enforcement and coordination of university policies, more substance abuse education/prevention activities on campus, and an increase in the professional status of RHS that includes practical training. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Campus alcohol abuse; Drug abuse; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Students; University or college dormitories
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