The Role of Recreational, Cultural, and Other Community Activities and Settings in Preventing Drug Abuse Among Youth

R. O'Brien
January 1, 1993

The authors discuss the connection between prevention and youth development as it relates to youth substance abuse. The sections of the paper address: research findings pertaining to a reduction of substance use resulting from participation in youth programs, contextualizing substance abuse among youth, highlights of best practices from substance abuse prevention programs, and it also explores areas for future research and policy implications.


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