Academic Scholarship

Field Study of New York State Student Assistance and Prevention Counseling Programs

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(4), 366-380, November 2009

Photo Needed Matthew J. Corrigan, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Newman, L.J., Videka, L., Loneck, B.


This article reports on a qualitative study of student assistance and prevention counseling in New York State that focuses on 3 components of these programs: program history and evolution, program operations, and program effects. Data collection methods used in the field study included focus groups, key informant interviews, and site observations; grounded theory and constant comparison were employed for analysis. The study found that all program sites had long-standing prevention programs that evolved over time. The research team was struck by the unique characteristics and approaches used by each of the 14 sites. Not a single program was a replica of another, but individual counseling was found to be a core component of each program. The study concluded that although prevention counseling is well suited to addressing the problem of adolescent substance abuse, there is little research on outcomes.


 


Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15332560903212090#.UmcOtySE5Bg
 
 

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