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ERIC Number: EJ1087265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Barriers to Addressing Adolescent Substance Use: Perceptions of New York School-Based Health Center Providers
Harris, Brett; Shaw, Benjamin; Lawson, Hal; Sherman, Barry
Journal of School Health, v86 n2 p96-104 Feb 2016
Background: Adolescent substance use is associated with chronic health conditions, accidents, injury, and school-related problems, including dropping out. Schools have the potential to provide students with substance use prevention and intervention services, albeit with confidentiality challenges. School-based health centers (SBHCs) provide confidentiality, positioning them as ideal settings to provide substance use prevention and intervention. This study identified program directors' and clinicians' barriers to addressing adolescent substance use in SBHCs. Methods: Between May and June 2013, an electronic survey was distributed to all 162 New York State SBHC program directors and clinicians serving middle and high school students. Results: The most prevalent perceived barriers to discussing substance use with students were time constraints (43%), the belief that students are not honest about their use (43%), and clinicians' lack of training (28%). Both directors and clinicians identified challenges in getting students to return for additional sessions to address their use, and they also indicated that confidentiality was a treatment referral barrier. Conclusions: This study identified timely opportunities that may be leveraged and unique challenges that may be overcome with targeted dissemination, training, and technical assistance efforts to enable directors and clinicians to routinely address substance use in SBHCs. [This work was presented at the 2014 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York