ERIC Number: ED341922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Adolescent Drug Use Prevention: Common Features of Promising Community Programs. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Education, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.
The importance of identifying effective drug abuse prevention strategies is clear not only from the increasing federal expenses, but also from the costs to individuals and families, and the overall damage to U.S. productivity and competitiveness caused by drug use. This report is about comprehensive community-based approaches to drug abuse prevention for youth. Site visits were conducted at 10 of the most promising programs, and survey questionnaire were received from 138 promising programs. Chapter 1 of this report contains the introduction which includes the study's objectives, scope, methodology, strengths, and limitations. Chapter 2 discusses the context for the programs visited, including the communities served, developmental issues relevant to 10 to 13-year-olds, and the need for comprehensive programs in response to these environmental challenges. Chapter 3 discusses the issues identified as relating to program goals and design. This chapter focuses not on the specific services, but on the broader framework within which these services were provided, since variations in that framework seemed more related to promise than did differences in the details of individual programs. Chapter 4 discusses implementation and evaluation challenges. The programs shared common struggles in maintaining continuity of service, coordination, making programs accessible, obtaining funds, attracting necessary leadership and staff, and conducting evaluation. Each of these areas is discussed. A principal finding of this study is that the promising drug prevention programs took a comprehensive, community-based approach towards youths (as opposed to the narrower approach of combatting drug use alone) in order to deal with the multiple problems in their lives. Study advisory panel members are listed, and detailed descriptions of each site visited are included in appendices. (LLL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Programs, Drug Abuse, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Substance Abuse
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.