Thursday, September 2, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: School-Based Interventions Can Reduce Teen Substance Use

New research from the United Kingdom suggests that personality-based interventions -- delivered by mental-health specialists or teachers given brief training -- can substantially reduce drug and alcohol use in teens, the BBC reported Aug. 25.

In the first study involving more than 700 London secondary-school students aged 13 to 16, researchers assessed participants’ personality strengths and weaknesses, then randomly assigned half the group to a two-session intervention with mental-health specialists and the other half to no intervention. The teens who received the intervention were 40% less likely to binge drink and 80% less likely to take cocaine than those receiving no intervention. Read Full Story...

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