School-based Substance-Abuse Prevention

What Works, for Whom, and How?

Published in: Substance Abuse Prevention: A Multicultural Perspective / Edited by Snehendu B. Kar (Amityville, NY: Baywood, 1999), Chapter 4, p. 101-129

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1998

by Phyllis L. Ellickson

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Drug prevention programs need to be sensitive to developmental changes in a childs vulnerability, targeting family and school bonds during elementary school or earlier, more proximal influences such as peer pressure and normative beliefs during the shift to adolescence. In this chapter the author notes the areas where understanding of risk factors for certain groups is particularly lacking.

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