Impact of Nursing Intervention on Decreasing Substances Abuse among Homeless Youth (2012)
Nyamathi, A., Branson, C., Kennedy, B., Salem, B., Khalilifard, F., Marfisee, M., Getzoff, D. and Leake, B.
Search Terms: homeless youth, adolescents, substance abuse, drug and alcohol use
Summary: Alcohol use, and in particular, binge drinking, and methamphetamine use is pervasive among homeless youth and remains a social pressure among this vulnerable population. However, there is no compelling evidence that specific intervention for reducing drug and alcohol use are effective for homeless youth. This community based participatory action pilot study assessed the impact of an intervention study focused on decreasing the use of drugs and alcohol among a sample of homeless youth (N=154) visiting a drop-in site in Santa Monica, California.