Title

Community-level collaboration for substance abuse prevention

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

3-1-2003

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on the roles of community-wide collaboration in substance abuse prevention. Three broad strategies through which collaboration may have its effects are identified (i.e., building community capacity, increasing service integration, and influencing policy change). Alternative theories of effects, means of measurement, and results and conclusions from studies of collaborative interventions for prevention are discussed. The strength of empirical evidence for the impact of collaboration on substance abuse outcomes varies by strategy, with more support for the logic of policy change. Additional conclusions are offered regarding when and how this approach can work, and what might be useful next steps.

Publication Title

Journal of Primary Prevention

Volume

23

Issue

3

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