A behavioral approach to substance abuse prevention in the correctional setting: A preliminary report

Sherman Yen, Mark Peyrot, Claudia T. Prino

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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a substance abuse program in a correctional institution using social skills training for secondary prevention. Forty‐four male inmates with a history of substance use participated in the pilot program. Program topics included drug, alcohol, and substance abuse treatment knowledge and development of anger and stress management skills. A pretest‐posttest analysis revealed significant improvement in overall knowledge of program topics and within specific areas. Areas of greatest improvement were drugs and alcohol. Clients and group leaders reported that the program was effective in facilitating attitude and behavior change regarding substance abuse. Results suggest a social competence approach to substance abuse rehabilitation in correctional institutions holds promise for both increasing knowledge and teaching effective skills to resist future substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Substance-Related Disorders
Secondary Prevention
Alcoholism
Substance Abuse
Teaching
Rehabilitation
Alcohols
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Alcohol
Drugs
Social Skills

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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A behavioral approach to substance abuse prevention in the correctional setting : A preliminary report. / Yen, Sherman; Peyrot, Mark; Prino, Claudia T.

In: Behavioral Interventions, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1989, p. 53-64.

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Yen, Sherman ; Peyrot, Mark ; Prino, Claudia T. / A behavioral approach to substance abuse prevention in the correctional setting : A preliminary report. In: Behavioral Interventions. 1989 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 53-64.
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