HOP Faculty Contribute to Handbook of Adolescent Drug Use Prevention


Slider Photo 1Sarah Lynne-Landsman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, and Alexander Wagenaar, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Adolescent Drug Use Prevention, a compendium of theory, research, and methods related to adolescent drug use prevention. The book was edited by Lawrence M. Scheier, Ph.D., program director of Positive Soldier Health Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and was released in March.

Landsman and Wagenaar’s chapter appears in the section on prevention from an environmental and policy perspective and serves as a review of the effectiveness of policies and laws in reducing underage access to alcohol.

“One of the important facets of the book is it partners theoretical models with logistical and implementation-related information in a single volume,” said Lynne-Landsman. “In addition, the book addresses the history of past strategies and points to new directions for the field of prevention science.”

The book’s experts distill what is known about effective programs and describe strategies to: capitalize on protective factors and curtail risk factors in young people; prevent poor self-regulation and conduct disorders, which may lead to drug abuse; promote positive change in families, schools, and larger communities; and implement wide-scale and targeted media campaigns.

The publication is specifically designed for use by researchers, policymakers, practitioners and any individual with an interest in adolescent drug use prevention, including those in the fields of psychology, education, social work, health education, juvenile justice, community organization, school administration and more.

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