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ERIC Number: ED510728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What Works for Preventing and Stopping Substance Use in Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions. Fact Sheet. Publication #2008-19
Bandy, Tawana; Moore, Kristin A.
Child Trends
Despite a decade-long decline in substance use among adolescents, research tells that about 80 percent of teens have begun to drink alcohol and 50 percent have used an illegal drug by their senior year in high school. Substance use among teens is related to poorer outcomes for adolescents and youth (e.g., unintentional injuries, homicides and suicides, depression, conduct disorder, and unplanned sexual activity); therefore, it is important to understand both what works and what doesn't work to prevent and stop substance use. This fact sheet synthesizes the lessons learned from experimentally evaluated programs and interventions targeting adolescent and youth substance use from the Child Trends database of experimental evaluations of social interventions for children and youth--LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully). This synthesis suggests findings related to both prevention- and cessation-based programs. (Contains 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; Stewart Trust
Authoring Institution: Child Trends