Targeted interventions for young drinkers/substance abusers

Following this month's developing theme of targeted interventions for young drinkers/substance abusers, and earlier articles in Prevention Update, here are four related studies. Two of these evaluate the 'Preventure' short intervention programme which targets young people with high scores on four personality dimensions: hopelessness, anxiety/sensitivity, impulsivity and sensation-seeking. O'Leary-Barrett et al used 21 randomly selected UK schools in London. Patricia Conrod et al studied a more selective group of 2,530 London pupils. Both studies had very promising results. McCambridge et al employed motivational interviewing for universal protection with 416 older London teenagers with inconclusive results. However, more positive results for the same approach came from Daeppen et al. in Switzerland.

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