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The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration created the National Household Survey, which showed children are already abusing substances by ages 12 or 13 (Robertson, David, & Rao, 2003). Often, signs of risk can indicate whether children will have a higher or lower likelihood of substance abuse. The signs can be detected as early as infancy in certain cases. Risk signs identify as risk factors, predictive factors, and adverse childhood experiences. The risk signs may vary within cultures. Prevention programs target risk signs at different developmental levels because risk continues to evolve while children age. An example prevention program, The Coping Power Program, will be reviewed as how it incorporates risk sign identification and its results in reducing substance abuse.
Sussenguth, Mary, "Substance Abuse Prevention Programs: A Review of Risk Factors, Fundamental Program Components and the Coping Power Program" (2016). Counselor Education Capstones. 42.
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