Brief Intervention for Drug-Abusing Adolescents in a School Setting

Ken C. Winters, Willia Leitten

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This study evaluated the use of 2 brief interventions (BIs) to reduce drug use among 14- to 17-year-olds identified in a school setting as drug abusers. Students (N = 79) were randomly assigned to receive 1 of 3 target conditions: 2 sessions with the adolescent only (BI-A), 2 sessions with the adolescent and 1 with the parent (BI-AP), or an assessment-only control condition (CON). Follow-up assessments of 78 participants done 6 months postintervention showed that the adolescents in the BI-A and BI-AP conditions generally had superior outcomes on their drug use behaviors compared with the CON group. Also, those receiving the BI-AP had better outcomes on most outcome variables compared with adolescents receiving BI-A. The 6-month abstinence rates did not differ across groups. The potential value of a school-based BI for students with a substance abuse disorder is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • brief intervention
  • drug abuse
  • students


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