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Preventing Substance Abuse Among Children and Adolescents: Family-Centered Approaches; Reference Guide

NCJ Number
P L Grover
Date Published
299 pages
As part of the Prevention Enhancement Protocols System (PEPS) Series, this manual focuses on research and practice evidence for a select number of approaches to the prevention of family-related problems of substance abuse among children and adolescents.
The first chapter describes the status of families in American society with respect to key demographics and statistics about the problem of substance abuse in families, specifically for women and youth. It includes a description of the stressors that create an environment in which both children and adults are at high risk for substance abuse. This provides the rationale that underlies the family-centered prevention approaches discussed in the remainder of this guideline. The second chapter explores the factors in children's lives that predispose them to, or protect them from, the risk of substance abuse. This is followed by a chapter that presents an analysis of the effectiveness of three family-centered approaches to the prevention of substance abuse in youth: parent and family training, family in-home support, and family therapy. The fourth chapter discusses appropriate methods for assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating family-centered approaches to prevent substance abuse. The concluding chapter explores two constructs, resilience and family support, that are widely incorporated into prevention practice, but for which the level of research evidence is still relatively unknown. Chapter references and appended research and practice search protocols, methodology for arriving at recommendations, collateral areas of interest, abbreviations and glossary, and resource guide