Adolescent substance use can interfere with cognitive, emotional, and social development and may even affect later functioning in adult domains such as parenting and employment. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) recognized that this problem does not arise anew in adolescence, but in fact has roots in childhood. CSAP identified four critical predictors from childhood for substance use that could be valuable targets for prevention of adolescent substance use: parental management of and involvement with the child, and the child's social competence, self-regulation, and school achievement. In this book, the editors bring together a body of intervention research into a practical guide that shows how seven selected prevention programs address these risk factors.

After introducing the developmental and setting factors that affect risk for substance use, a general framework for translating this research into practice is provided. Chapters describing each intervention contain user-friendly explanations of the theoretical basis, intended population, methods and procedures, and critical implementation characteristics of each program and summarize how it was tested and shown to reduce risk for substance abuse. Illustrative case examples are woven throughout the text, showing the benefits gained from the approach.

The book is organized to describe interventions that apply to participants at differing developmental periods. Chapters include programs for universal or general population and for high risk youth and families. The included chapters cover programs developed and tested for a variety of ethnic and cultural groups across varying locations.

Table of Contents


—Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Preventing Substance Abuse: An Overview
—José Szapocznik, Patrick Tolan, Soledad Sambrano, and Seth J. Schwartz

I. Key Concepts for Prevention Research and Practice

  1. Development in Childhood and Adolescence: Implications for Prevention Research and Practice
    —Marija G. Dunn and Ada C. Mezzich
  2. Research to Practice: Bringing Effective Prevention to Every Community
    —Paul J. Brounstein, Stephen E. Gardner, and Thomas E. Backer

II. Interventions for Preschool Children: Ages 3 to 5

  1. Incredible Years Parent and Teacher Training Series: A Head Start Partnership to Promote Social Competence and Prevent Conduct Problems
    —Carolyn Webster-Stratton and M. Jamila Reid
  2. Project STAR: Early Intervention With Preschool Children and Families for the Prevention of Substance Abuse
    —Ruth A. Kaminski and Elizabeth A. Stormshak

III. Interventions for Elementary School Children: Ages 6 to 8

  1. Schools and Families Educating Children: A Preventive Intervention for Early Elementary School Children
    —Deborah Gorman-Smith, Patrick H. Tolan, David B. Henry, —Elena Quintana, Kelly Lutovsky, and Amy Lenventhal
  2. The Early Risers "Skills for Success" Program: A Targeted Intervention for Preventing Conduct Problems and Substance Abuse in Aggressive Elementary School Children
    —Gerald J. August, Michael L. Bloomquist, George M. Realmuto, and Joel M. Hetkner
  3. The Strengthening Families Program: An Evidence-Based, Multicultural Family Skills Training Program
    —Karol L. Kumpfer, Rose Alvarado, Connie Tait, and Henry O. Whiteside

IV. Interventions for Preadolescent Children and Young Adolescents: Ages 9 to 14

  1. The Coping Power Program: Preventive Intervention at the Middle School Transition
    —John E. Lochman, Karen C. Wells, and Maureen Murray
  2. Familias Unidas: A Systemic, Parent-Centered Approach to Preventing Problem Behavior in Hispanic Adolescents
    —Hilda Pantin, Seth J. Schwartz, J. Douglas Coatsworth, Summer Sullivan, Ervin Briones, and José Szapocznik

V. Conclusions

  1. Developmental Opportunities for Prevention of Substance Abuse
    —Patrick Tolan, Jose Szapocznik, and Soledad Sambrano


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This is a well-researched, practical book that takes a refreshingly holistic approach to primary prevention.
—Drug and Alcohol Review

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