Accession Number:

ADA625991

Title:

Substance Use Prevention in a Youth Development Program

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Sep 2007-Aug 2009

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

2009-11-09

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

This study assessed substance use and related factors among sixth through twelfth grade participants in a youth development program. Comparisons between participants N 361 and a national youth sample indicated that participants had lower 30-day and lifetime alcohol use, lower 30-day and lifetime prevalence of any illicit drug use, and higher drug-averse attitudes than the national sample. Comparisons between participants and new enrollees N 145 indicated higher drug knowledge among participants. The study also showed a short-term increase in self-esteem among new enrollees, no changes in substance use, and an unexpected negative effect for drug knowledge after 3 months in the program. Overall, the program had a minimal impact on participants drug use and related factors. Recommendations for program improvements are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE