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Safe PassageMaking It through Adolescence in a Risky Society: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do$
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Joy G. Dryfoos

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137859.001.0001

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Coping with Sex, Drugs, and Violence

Coping with Sex, Drugs, and Violence

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This chapter reviews a few selected evaluated programs in three fields — delinquency, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy — and takes a look at programs in AIDS/HIV prevention. Many programs focus on increasing knowledge or changing attitudes. To determine whether a program really works, the methodology of evaluation research is examined. Multiple components have to be put together to strengthen the impact of the programs. Single-component efforts such as classroom curriculum or individual counseling are useful but not sufficient for changing the environment in which the high-risk behaviors are taking place. Most of the report cited also deal with policy issues. Violence prevention requires restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of guns. Substance-abuse prevention calls for enforcement of law and taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Teen pregnancy and HIV prevention depend on the availability of forms of birth control.

Keywords:   sex, violence, delinquency prevention, substance-abuse prevention, Life Skills Training, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV prevention

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