Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Author's Department

Educational Administration

First Advisor

Larry Janes


Substance abuse is a problem faced by schools, parents, students and communities. The purpose of this field experience was to provide a plan to help educators, parents, students and communities deal effectively with youth involved in substance abuse. The need for this field study became evident to the researcher when twenty-five students from the student body of Salem Community High School were placed in in-patient substance abuse programs during the 1985-86 school year.

The literature was examined and certain reactions and trends indicated in the literature were identified. Many substance abuse programs were reviewed. Key programs reviewed include the following:

Prevention Plus: Involving schools, parents and the community in alcohol and drug education

Substance Abuse Program of the Hazeldon Foundation Impact Training

The D.A.T.E. Manual

Here's Looking At You Two, Senior High Prevention Center Resource Kit

The Day Break Program.

This study resulted in a model designed to help schools, students, parents and communities deal effectively with high school students involved in substance abuse. The model has five component parts that can be used individually or collectively to provide an effective program that has both depth and substance.

Chapter I introduces the problem, gives an overview of the significance of the problem, gives the specific project objective, and defines terms necessary to an understanding of substance abuse, and limitations.

Chapter II gives a rationale for the field experience and provides a review of related literature.

Chapter III provides an overview of the model suggested in the study and includes the model in its five component parts.

A brief summary and recommendations concludes the paper in Chapter IV.

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