Intervening early to reduce developmentally harmful substance use among youth populations

Lubman, Dan I, Hides, Leanne, Yucel, Murat and Toumbourou, John 2007, Intervening early to reduce developmentally harmful substance use among youth populations, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 187, no. 7 (Supplement), pp. S22-S24.

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Title Intervening early to reduce developmentally harmful substance use among youth populations
Author(s) Lubman, Dan I
Hides, Leanne
Yucel, Murat
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 187
Issue number 7 (Supplement)
Start page S22
End page S24
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Place of publication Glebe, N.S.W.
Publication date 2007-10-01
ISSN 0025-729X
Keyword(s) addiction
adolescent development
cognitive therapy
drug effect
family therapy
Summary Early-onset or frequent substance use during adolescence increases the risk of developing mental health problems, as well as a range of other adverse outcomes (eg, alcohol or drug dependence, educational underachievement, health problems, social difficulties) during late adolescence and early adulthood.

Increases in rates of risky drinking among young people are particularly concerning, suggesting that an effective, evidence-based alcohol policy and preventive framework needs to be developed.

Restricting the supply of licit and illicit substances to adolescents, delaying the age that licit substances can be legally purchased, reducing positive media portrayals of substance use, and banning targeted promotions, should be universal, public prevention priorities.

Mass-media campaigns need to deliver coherent and credible evidence-based messages to young people, utilising a broad array of dissemination strategies.

Clear policy and guidelines for parents regarding appropriate alcohol use for adolescents also need to be developed.

Prevention programs should target children and adolescents in families with parents who use drugs, young people who have been suspended from school, or those with mental health problems.

Preventive screening and targeted brief interventions can be effectively delivered in a variety of settings by a range of health professionals.

Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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