Abstract and Keywords
It is well known that the prevalence of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in the United States increases during the middle school and high school years. The current chapter focuses on the effects of AOD use on youth, and risk and protective factors that may contribute to initiation and escalation of AOD use during this developmental period. The chapter also discusses the importance of creating developmentally appropriate prevention and intervention programming for this age group. The authors provide data on several middle school and high school prevention and intervention programs that have delivered curricula in the school setting to attempt to decrease AOD use. They focus on programs that had a student-only component for their program and had also published at least a 1-year follow-up. They also discuss potential future directions for prevention and intervention for this age group.
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