Analysis: Few interventions cut risky behavior in youths

12/28/2011 | Reuters

An analysis of 13 studies on youth interventions revealed that only three programs had positive effects on at least one measure of drug use and one of risky sexual behavior. In the journal Addiction, researchers reported that the successful interventions targeted black, poor or high-crime communities and led to improvements in rates of drug use, smoking, heavy drinking, condom use and pregnancy rates in young adulthood.

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