ERIC Number: EJ820829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
Core Competencies and the Prevention of Adolescent Substance Use
Haegerich, Tamara M.; Tolan, Patrick H.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n122 p47-60 Win 2008
Adolescence is a developmental period during which youth are at increased risk for using substances. An empirical focus on core competencies illustrates that youth are less likely to use substances when they have a positive future orientation, a belief in the ability to resist substances, emotional and behavioral control, sound decision-making ability, a belief that substance use is wrong, and a strong bond to prosocial peers and family. Such etiological research is beginning to provide a strong foundation for successful competence-building prevention programs. Focusing on the developmental-ecological context of adolescent substance use will expedite advances in prevention.
Descriptors: Prevention, Adolescents, Competence, Decision Making, Self Esteem, Self Control, Moral Values, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Prosocial Behavior, Interpersonal Competence, At Risk Persons, Substance Abuse, Developmental Stages, Emotional Development, Resistance (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Family Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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