PREVENTING SCHOOL FAILURE, DRUG USE, AND DELINQUENCY AMONG LOW-INCOME CHILDREN: Long-Term Intervention in Elementary Schools

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  • A revised version of a paper submitted to the Journal in September 1993. Research was supported by grants from the Prevention Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Burlington Northern Foundation.

Department of Social Work, Califormia State University, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-0902

Abstract

A six-year, school-based prevention program, which modified classroom teacher practices, offered parent training, and provided child social skills training, was evaluated for its effects on school failure, drug abuse, and delinquency among low-income urban children. Compared to a low-income control group, children in the intervention group showed enhanced school commitment and class participation. The girls in the group also evidenced lower rates of substance use initiation, while the boys exhibited increased social and school work skills.

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