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Samantha DeMagistris
Yvonne Vissing

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Yvonne Vissing

Status

Graduate

Publication Date

5-4-2020

Department

School of Nursing

Description

Vaping, marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs have become part of many young people’s lifestyles. This qualitative study examines substance use trends among youth, the effects of peer influence, and how schools and communities incorporate substance abuse education and prevention programs. Focus groups with high school students in New England reviewed causes of youth substance use and efficacy of traditional models of education and prevention. Youth regard most alcohol and drug education programs as ineffective. Education information does not seem to mitigate against the impact of peer pressure. Recommendations on prevention and about how students can better manage the impact of peer pressure surrounding substance use are provided.

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Youth Recommendations For Substance Use Education And Prevention

Vaping, marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs have become part of many young people’s lifestyles. This qualitative study examines substance use trends among youth, the effects of peer influence, and how schools and communities incorporate substance abuse education and prevention programs. Focus groups with high school students in New England reviewed causes of youth substance use and efficacy of traditional models of education and prevention. Youth regard most alcohol and drug education programs as ineffective. Education information does not seem to mitigate against the impact of peer pressure. Recommendations on prevention and about how students can better manage the impact of peer pressure surrounding substance use are provided.