Substance Abuse Prevention interventions for children and adolescents


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  • Individual characteristics (i.e., dispositional attributes of the individual that may have a strong genetic base), such as easy temperament, positive orientation, intelligence, self-esteem, autonomy, and sociability. . Family characteristics, such as secure attachments, lack of family conflict, and cohesive and warm family interactions that provide emotional support and affection. . External (environmental) support systems at school, work, or church that encourage and reinforce children’s coping strategies, reward individuals’ competencies and determination, and provide them with a sense of meaning and an internal locus of control.
  • “ Health behaviors for all youth and children start with healthy beliefs and clear standards in families, school, communities and peer groups, build bonding, attachement and commitment to families school communities and peer groups by providing opportunities, skills and recognition and by nurturing individual characteristics”
  • Substance Abuse Prevention interventions for children and adolescents

    1. 1. Charis Hill
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    3. 3.  Decreases risk factors, increases protective factors Address all forms of drug use Is tailored to the target population Establish norms and expectations Use cognitive-behavioral methods Emphasize development of social, communication and problem-solving skills Increase self-efficacy and drug resistance skills Take place at level of school, family or community
    4. 4.  Family ◦ History of drug abuse and conflict ◦ Favorable attitudes towards problem behavior School ◦ Academic failure ◦ Lack of commitment Individual ◦ Antisocial behavior ◦ rebelliousness Community ◦ Availability of drugs
    5. 5.  Individual ◦ Positive attitude ◦ Self-esteem ◦ autonomy Family ◦ Secure attachments ◦ Lack of conflict External ◦ support systems
    6. 6.  Originally designed as a selective prevention intervention 14 week program Three parts ◦ Parent Training ◦ Child Training ◦ Family Training Family communication/conflict Build self-esteem and family cohesion
    7. 7.  11 lessons in 7th grade 3 lessons in 8th grade Increase motivation for healthy behaviors Change social norms surrounding use
    8. 8.  Goal is community-wide change Implemented over several years 5 phase program ◦ Needs assessment ◦ Risk factor inventory ◦ Multi-facet action plan ◦ Recruitment of community participation ◦ Continuous evaluation
    9. 9.  Successful programs use some element of cognitive behavioral therapy Interventions should be tailored to a community Interventions should involve as many aspects of the community as possible There is insufficient data to draw conclusions about prevention effects on adult health Short term effects are promising
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    11. 11. 8. Hawkins, J.D., Oesterele, S.O., Brown, E.C., Monahan, K.C., Abbott, R.D., Arthur, M.W., A&Catalano, R.F. (2012). Sustained decrease in risk exposure and youth problem behaviors after installation of the Communities That Care prevention system in a randomized trial. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine , 166(2), 141-148.9. Kumpher, K.L. (1998). Selective prevention interventions: the Strengthening Families program. In R. Ashery, E.B. Robertson & K.L. Kumpher (Eds.), Drug Abuse Prevention Through Family Interventions (160-207). Rockville, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.10. Mihalic, S., Fagan, A., Irwin, K., Ballard, D., & Elliott, D. (2004). Blueprints for Violence Prevention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.11. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Prevention Benefits Exceed Its Cost and has Sustained Effects. Retrieved from notes/2012/07/prevention-system%E2%80%99s-benefits-exceed-cost-has-sustained- effects.