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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Health and Well Being$
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Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, and Paula Allen-Meares

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370591.001.0001

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Substance Abuse at Elementary Age

Substance Abuse at Elementary Age

Effective Interventions

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(p.19) 2 Substance Abuse at Elementary Age
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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Health and Well Being
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Soyon Jung

Lori K. Holleran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370591.003.0002

Substance use/abuse is usually perceived as a problem of the adult and adolescent population and seldom seriously examined with regard to elementary school children. According to the Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education, however, it is not uncommon among elementary school children to experiment with various substances. This chapter presents an overview of selective prevention interventions, a risk and protective factor paradigm, and two examples of evidence-based programs, the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) and Positive Action (PA). The two programs illustrate how preventive intervention can address risk, enhance protective factors, and be effectively implemented at school settings. Practical guidelines are presented for school social workers and other school mental health professionals who envision substance use/abuse prevention targeting elementary school children.

Keywords:   elementary school children, school-aged children, substance abuse prevention, school-based intervention, Strengthening Families Program, Positive Action

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