Impact of Brief Intervention Services on Drug-Using, Truant Youth Arrest Charges Over Time

Richard Dembo, Rhissa Briones-Robinson, Jennifer Wareham, James Schmeidler, Ken C. Winters, Kimberly Barrett, Rocio Ungaro, Lora M. Karas, Steven Belenko

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School truancy is a serious concern in the United States, with far-reaching negative consequences. Truancy has been positively associated with substance use and delinquent behavior; however, research is limited. Consequently, the Truancy Brief Intervention Project was established to treat and prevent substance use and other risky behaviors among truants. This article examines whether the Brief Intervention program is more effective in preventing future delinquency over a 12-month follow-up period than the standard truancy program. Results indicate the Brief Intervention was marginally significant in effecting future delinquency among truants, compared to the standard truancy program. Future implications of this study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-388
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014

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Funding Information:
Preparation of this manuscript was supported by Grant # DA021561, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We are grateful for their support. However, the research results reported and the views expressed in this article do not necessarily imply any policy or research endorsement by our funding agency.

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  • brief intervention
  • substance use
  • truant youth
  • truant youth arrests


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