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SUSPERTU: Adolescent Support Programme

Quality level: 1

Summary

The main objective of the programme is to prevent and/or to reduce problematic drug use by minimising the associated risks and by developing protection factors. To do this, action is concentrated on both the reduction of drug consumption and in providing parents with effective educational strategies to help them to face their children's drug problems.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
selective
Setting:
community
Type of approach:
family/first childhood
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
13-20
Annual coverage:
478
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
Country:
Spain
Start date:
01/02/1997
End date:

Overall objective

To prevent and/or reduce problematic use of drugs, by minimising the associated risk factors and by developing protection factors.

Abstract

Epidemiological drug studies have confirmed that there has been an increase in drug use among adolescents and young people which bears little or no relation to the drug addict profile with which we were once familiar. As a result of this reality, The Human Project of Navarra launched the SUSPERTU programme, to provide support to adolescents, with a view to responding in different ways which from those therapeutic approaches used in the past, and which would be based on perspectives designed to be more educational and preventive rather than purely therapeutic. The main objective of the programme is to prevent and/or to reduce problematic drug use by minimising the associated risks and by developing protection factors. To do this, the action is concentrated on both the reduction of young drug consumption and in providing parents with effective educational strategies (communication, resolution of conflicts, etc.) to help them to face their children's drug problems. Action also concentrates on offering information and resources to the experts working with young people and adolescents who are interested in obtaining knowledge regarding how to encourage the prevention of drug use within the scope of their activities. At the beginning of the intervention, it is a question of involving the young person in the programme and ensuring that the commitment with the centre is maintained. Following this, an evaluation is made of the use risk situation, this information then being used to prepare an initial evaluation report from which an Personal Work Plan (PWP) is established which must be coordinated with the Specific Family Plan. At this point, an evaluation will be made regarding whether or not the young person should participate in the programme or her/his transfer to another centre is required. On a personal level, self-esteem is encouraged, emotional self-control, decision making and problem solving, social responsibilities, etc.

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