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Longitudinal Findings from a Gender-Specific, Web-Based Drug Abuse Prevention Program for Adolescent Girls

OCTOBER 18, 2019

Traci Schwinn, PhD
Research Scientist
Columbia University School of Social Work

About the Presentation: Rates of drug use among early adolescent girls meet or exceed rates of their male counterparts. Girls are also vulnerable to differential risk factors for drug use. Yet, expressly designed prevention programs targeting this population are absent. This presentation reports 2- and 3-year findings on a web-based drug abuse prevention program for adolescent girls (N = 788). Longitudinal outcome data lend support to the efficacy of a gender-specific, web-based drug abuse prevention program to reduce adolescent girls’ drug use rates and associated risk factors.