Portland State University. School of Education
Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
1 online resource (113 p.)
Substance abuse, Youth -- Alcohol use, Marijuana, Alcoholism counseling, Drug abuse counseling
The purpose of the literature review is to identify consistent patterns regarding adolescent use and abuse of chemical substances, especially alcohol and marijuana. Acute physical, cognitive and social effects of alcohol and marijuana use are outlined, and environmental and personal determinants of drug use and abuse are examined. Methods of prevention and intervention are discussed and, from the research findings, a model group counseling program designed for the school setting is proposed. Adolescent use of both marijuana and alcohol is found to be modal by age 16-17. The physical, cognitive and social effects are pervasive and especially damaging to chronic users. Youth are extremely vulnerable to suffering adversity from their drug use patterns.
LeCoq, Lindy Louise Low, "Adolescent chemical substance use and abuse : environmental and personal determinants, and a proposed model for group intervention" (1982). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3193.