ERIC Number: EJ694704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 38
Drug Prevention with Vulnerable Young People: A Review
Roe, Stephen; Becker, Jane
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v12 n2 p85-99 Apr 2005
The aim of this study was to carry out a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature on drug-use prevention with vulnerable young people. A search of electronic databases was conducted to find evaluations of prevention programmes targeted at high-risk young people and including illegal drug use as an outcome measure. Sixteen relevant studies were found that used a suitable quality of research design, involving at least a comparison group. The most common setting for these evaluations was in schools, where life-skills training interventions showed positive results in reducing drug use (at least in the short term). In the community an intensive multi-component intervention (the Children at Risk program) was the most effective. Across different settings the 11-13 age range appeared to be a crucial period for intervention with vulnerable young people. All of the sixteen studies included in the review were from North America and therefore there is a need for outcome evaluations of targeted drug prevention initiatives in the UK.
Descriptors: Drug Use, Research Design, Prevention, Intervention, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Program Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Drug Education, Comprehensive School Health Education, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: North America; United Kingdom