Use of brief interventions for drug abusing teenagers within a middle and high school setting

Ken C. Winters, Willa Leitten, Eric Wagner, Tracy O'Leary Tevyaw

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Abstract

Background: Promising and encouraging results have been recently reported on the use of briefer interventions for adolescent drug abusers. Because middle- and high-school-based drug abuse intervention programs have grown in popularity over the past several decades, the use of brief interventions (BIs) in school settings merits consideration. Methods: We review several clinical and school contextual issues pertaining to the scientific efficacy, feasibility, and application of BIs for students who are abusing drugs. Results: Several advantages for employing BIs in a school setting are identified, including the relatively high base rate of students with mild-to-moderate drug involvement and the likelihood that school counselors can readily learn BI techniques. Caveats of implementing BIs include practical, systemic, and clinical barriers. Conclusions: Despite concerns, schools are a viable setting in which to screen youth for drug abuse problems and to conduct a BI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-206
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of School Health
Volume77
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007

Keywords

  • Brief intervention
  • Drug abusing adolescents

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