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
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.