ERIC Number: ED204963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Intervention for the Adolescent Substance Abuser.
Polzella, Sue A.; Selinger, Marilyn
The paper reviews adolescent development and considers the teacher's role in dealing with a compulsive substance abuser. Typical characteristics of substance abusers, such as isolation or withdrawal from the family unit, decreased academic achievement, initial denial of a drug/alcohol problem, and interactions with a negative peer group are noted, as are other signs of behavior change observable in the classroom. The importance of team intervention is emphasized. Suggestions for relationship building with the student include gathering information about personal interests and helping the student to identify feelings. A sincere yet direct approach is advocated for working with the parents. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (59th, New York, NY, April, 1981, Session F-23).