Enrolling and engaging high-risk youths and families in community-based, brief intervention services

Richard Dembo, Laura Gulledge, Rhissa Briones Robinson, Ken C. Winters

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Increasing interest has been shown in brief interventions for troubled persons, including those with substance abuse problems. Most of the published literature on this topic has focused on adults, and on the efficacy of these interventions. Few of these studies have examined the critical issues of enrollment and engagement in brief intervention services. The present article seeks to address the shortcomings in the current literature by reporting on our experiences implementing National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded brief intervention projects involving truant and diversion program youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-350
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Preparation of this manuscript was supported by NIDA Grant # R01-DA-021561, Richard Dembo PI, and NIDA Grant # R21 DA020542, Ken C. Winters PI. The authors are grateful for NIDA’s support. However, the research results reported and the views expressed in this paper do not necessarily imply any policy or research endorsement by the funding agency.


  • Brief intervention enrollment
  • Enrolling at-risk youth
  • Intervention engagement
  • Youth-family service engagement


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