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Published on Aug 31, 2007
Dr. Helene White's lecture delivered at Eastern Kentucky University - College of Justice and Safety in November 2004 titled "Alcohol, Drugs and Violence among Youth"
Helene Raskin White is a Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment at the Center of Alcohol Studies and the Sociology Department at Rutgers University. She conducts longitudinal research on substance use and other problem behaviors, including crime, violence and mental health disorders in normal and high-risk samples. Recently, she has become involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of brief alcohol and drug prevention programs for college students.
Dr. White's presentation focuses on alcohol and drug use as risk factors for youth violence. First, she describes the nature of associations between substance user and violence and then discusses various models that have been postulated to explain these associations. Finally, Dr. White describes her own research on alcohol, drug use and violence among adolescents and young adults. Her research on youth suggests that there are distinctions among types of drugs in the nature of their associations with violence and differences in the nature of the relationship depending on whether one is examining acute or developmental associations. She concludes with the implications of her research for the design of preventive interventions to reduce substance use-related violence among youth.