Relative Effectiveness of Comprehensive Community Programming for Drug Abuse Prevention With High-Risk and Low-Risk Adolescents

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Community-Based Research | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Substance Abuse and Addiction


In this article we review research on drug and alcohol abuse and present a recent study reporting effects on high-risk youth of a comprehensive community-based program that has already shown a significant impact on prevalence rates of use in a general population of adolescents (Pentz, Dwyer, et al., 1989). It is important to understand the conditions under which community-based programs are effective, the populations that benefit most, and particularly any populations that may fail to benefit. Especially important is whether programs are similarly effective with those who are at high risk to use drugs as well as those who are at low risk.

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© 1990 American Psychological Association