At-risk students: Drug prevention through afterschool/latchkey programs?

William H. James, Rissa Wabaunsee

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Abstract

The importance of after school latchkey programs as a major deterrent to the onset of drug use among elementary and secondary school students is reviewed. Most of the data in this study support the need for after school latchkey programs, especially at the elementary school level. Elementary school students indicated gains in all diagnostic categories. The elementary school students showed positive gain scores in family, school, self-esteem, substance use, and personal abuse categories. Elementary school students showed positive gain scores in the substance use category while secondary school students showed negative gain in this area. There is a need to reassert the role of after school latchkey programs in the development of socially desirable behaviors in elementary school students, with a particular need to reassert the role of increasing positive self-esteem in relation to drug use and peer influences. Some implications for educational interventions and drug prevention programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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