Brief School-Based Interventions and Behavioural Outcomes for Substance-Using Adolescents
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Adolescent substance use is a major problem and a risk factor for other problem behaviors. Brief interventions have been shown to reduce problematic substance use among adolescents and are especially useful for individuals who have moderately risky patterns of substance use. Such interventions can be conducted in school settings. This Cochrane review set out to evaluate the effectiveness of brief school-based interventions for adolescent substance use. The pattern of results indicates that adolescents who received a brief intervention generally did better in reducing their alcohol and cannabis use than adolescents who received no intervention. However, adolescents who received a brief intervention did not seem to do better in reducing their alcohol and cannabis use than adolescents who received information-only interventions. It is therefore premature to make definitive statements about the effectiveness of brief school-based interventions for reducing adolescent substance use.