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  1. Toward a new paradigm in substance abuse and other problem behavior prevention for youth : Youth development and empowerment approach.

    Article - En anglais

    The purpose of this article is to 1) address a paradigm shift taking place in the field of substance abuse prevention directed for youth and 2) to introduce an innovative approach to substance abuse and other problem behavior prevention that reflects this shift in prevention paradigm.

    The new path introduced is youth development and empowerment (YD & E) approach.

    In order to establish a conceptual foundation for this approach, this article 3) reviews the theoretical advances made in the field of substance abuse prevention during the last three decades.

    This is followed by a conceptualization of the processes of implementing the YD & E program by 4) specifying the mechanism used for the empowering processes and by 5) identifying the structural components of the youth empowerment model that serve the empowering processes.

    It is hoped that this article serves as a conduit for an improved approach to adolescent substance abuse prevention and youth development that goes beyond, rather than against, the traditional risk-factor approach.

    In this new approach, youths are viewed as assets and resources to our community rather than social problems or community liabilities.

    The organizing concept of this new paradigm is : social, economic, and public opportunity denied to youth is equal to social problems imposed on youth by adults.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Prévention, Consommation, Substance toxicomanogène, Santé mentale, Développement social, Relation adulte enfant, Interaction sociale, Influence sociale, Modèle, Adolescent, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Prevention, Consumption, Drug of abuse, Mental health, Social development, Adult child relation, Social interaction, Social influence, Models, Adolescent, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0266276

    Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 11/09/1998.