Characteristics of Students and Services in New York State Student Assistance and Prevention Counseling Programs
Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 20(2), 155-165., March 2011
Matthew J. Corrigan, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Newman, L.J., Videka, L., Loneck, B., & Rajendran, K.
This article reports on a review of selected New York State school prevention program student case records. Methods:
Data were extracted from Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Services (OASAS) standardized Prevention Activity Summary forms. A total
of 407 records from 12 high schools throughout New York State were
reviewed. Results: The age range of students in this sample was
12 to 18 years old with a mean age of 15.5 years in an approximately
normal distribution. Students in this sample were typically referred to
services by school sources or were self-referred. The most frequently
cited reasons for admission were personal problems, family problems, and
alcohol or substance use or abuse. The majority of students are
referred to individual sessions. Counselors rated services as producing
positive change in all problem areas, with the largest change for
adolescents whose parents used alcohol or other substances.
Findings suggest positive outcomes for prevention counseling. Severity
of alcohol and drug use decreased and severity of risk factors for
alcohol and drug use likewise decreased.