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Programme for Counteracting Social Pathology in Adolescents

Quality level: 2

Summary

The programme addresses adolescents (aged 13-19) at risk of social pathology, using and experimenting with psychoactive substances. Work is done through psycho-corrective support groups, which aim at providing assistance in learning skills of satisfying psycho-emotional needs in a socially acceptable manner.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
selective
Setting:
community
Type of approach:
peer
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
13-19
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Poland
Start date:
01/09/1993
End date:

Overall objective

Making adolescents at risk of social pathology master the skill of satisfying psycho-emotional needs in a socially acceptable manner (drug-free approach).

Abstract

The Programme for Counteracting Social Pathology in Adolescents is run by the Praesterno Foundation in 8 cities (Bielsko Biala, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Krakow, Lublin Lodz, Pulawy, Wroclaw) and targets adolescents aged 13-19 who experiment with psychoactive substances and/or demonstrate other symptoms of being at risk of social exclusion. Work is done through psycho-corrective support groups, which aim at providing assistance in learning skills of satisfying psycho-emotional needs in a socially acceptable manner. The programme runs over a 10-month period (September-June). Each edition includes 420 participants. Support groups become peer reference groups for the participants, where norms and relations are monitored by the programme staff (psychologists and/or pedagogues). Work in support groups is supported by the field work - in schools and with legal guardians of the adolescents. Evaluation is performed through the pre-post design model with the control group. It shows that participation in the programme improves psychosocial functioning of the participants -significantly improves general maladjustment, self-esteem, sense of influence on one's life, family home atmosphere, understanding one's actions and self-control, acceptance in school environment. The sense of the participants' control over their lives and the ability to define meaning thereof rises, the social isolation falls. Prevalence rates of psychoactive substance use in the programme participants stop rising.

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