The purpose of the study was to conduct a community risk assessment of the 90806 zip code in the city of Long Beach, California utilizing the Communities That Care model to determine which risk factors for substance abuse and delinquency were of most concern for youth in this community. Forty-three indicators of 18 risk factors were gathered from multiple public sources and used to compare risk factors for the 90806, with Los Angeles County, California, and the United States as available. The risk factors of main concern for this community appeared to be extreme economic deprivation, family history of the problem behavior, family management problems, favorable parental attitudes and involvement in the problem behavior, academic failure beginning in late elementary school, friends who engage in the problem behavior, and early initiation of the problem behavior. Thus, efforts to reduce adolescent involvement in substance abuse and delinquency should target the community, family, school and peer and individual domains. Recommendations for evidence-based approaches to reduce the most elevated risk factors are covered. Implications for social work practice and future directions for research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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