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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Mentoring Adolescents to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Use

Description of Resource: 
There are high rates of alcohol and drug use among adolescents. This Cochrane review aims to assess the effectiveness of mentoring to prevent adolescent alcohol or drug use. It identified 4 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in the United States with adolescents described as deprived. Most were minority group adolescents. Two RCTs tested the "Across Ages" mentoring program, 1 the Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program, and 1 an intervention with adolescents whose parents were HIV positive. Two RCTs found that mentoring reduced rates of initiation of alcohol use, and 1 reduced initiation of drug use. No adverse effects were identified. The relative youth of 3 of the samples made it unlikely that the interventions would be effective due to low baseline rates of usage.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Substance Abuse
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Thomas RE, Lorenzetti D, Spragins W. Mentoring adolescents to prevent drug and alcohol use. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD007381. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007381.pub2. Available from: