Reducing the Risks for Substance Abuse: A Lifespan Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Authors Raymond P. Daugherty and Carl Leukefeld argue for replacing the youth-based, 'zero tolerance' approach to substance abuse prevention that has been dominant in the field over the past two decades. Their dynamic alternative is the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model, which revises standard prevention strategies to make them relevant throughout the entire life span. Features of this revolutionary new paradigm include Five Principles of Lifestyle Risk Reduction (LRR), Five Conditions of Effective LRR, and the LLR Formulas.

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Editorial Reviews

Bernard J. Turnock
This monograph is part of a series devoted to prevention in practice. It argues that while there are lessons that can be drawn from a youth oriented approach, substance abuse risks are not limited to the young and that prevention strategies need to be more comprehensive in addressing risk factors that vary among different age groups. It advocates an approach to understanding and reducing risks for substance abuse throughout the life-span, rather than through efforts primarily targeted toward younger age groups in the population. Primarily directed toward professionals and program developers working in substance abuse prevention and risk reduction projects, this book will also be of interest to students in public health and behavioral sciences. The monograph's major sections examine approaches that have focused on youth and what we have learned from those approaches that can be useful for other age groups. A variety of risk reduction theories, strategies, and interventions are examined in the various chapters. The material is clearly and thoughtfully presented and provides a sound basis for reconsidering the current emphasis on interventions targeting younger populations. This is a nicely written and informative monograph that addresses a major social problem and challenges current thinking about prevention and control. The insights and provocative thinking provided in this volume will be appreciated by a variety of audiences.
Booknews
Pointing out that the current zero-tolerance programs aimed at youth have divided people into abstainers and heavy users, introduces the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Model as an alternative. It reshaped the premises, messages, and strategies to make them relevant through the entire lifespan. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This monograph is part of a series devoted to prevention in practice. It argues that while there are lessons that can be drawn from a youth oriented approach, substance abuse risks are not limited to the young and that prevention strategies need to be more comprehensive in addressing risk factors that vary among different age groups.
Purpose: It advocates an approach to understanding and reducing risks for substance abuse throughout the life-span, rather than through efforts primarily targeted toward younger age groups in the population.
Audience: Primarily directed toward professionals and program developers working in substance abuse prevention and risk reduction projects, this book will also be of interest to students in public health and behavioral sciences.
Features: The monograph's major sections examine approaches that have focused on youth and what we have learned from those approaches that can be useful for other age groups. A variety of risk reduction theories, strategies, and interventions are examined in the various chapters. The material is clearly and thoughtfully presented and provides a sound basis for reconsidering the current emphasis on interventions targeting younger populations.
Assessment: This is a nicely written and informative monograph that addresses a major social problem and challenges current thinking about prevention and control. The insights and provocative thinking provided in this volume will be appreciated by a variety of audiences.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306458996
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 8/31/1998
  • Series: Prevention in Practice Library Series
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Mapping Prevention: For Childhood or the Life Span? Rethinking Prevention from a Lifetime Perspective. A Foundation for Lifespan-Focused Prevention. Learning from Youth-Focused Prevention Models. Behavior: The Ultimate Risk and Protective Factor. Maximizing Behavior Change. Special Issues in Lifestyle Risk Reduction. Concluding Remarks. Index.

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