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Effectiveness of the Logan Square Prevention Project: Interim Results

SUMMARY . . Even though substance abuse prevention programs have been studied for more than two decades, outcome studies of programs focused on inner-city youth are rare. Communities with dense populations, low socio-economic conditions and a high degree of neighborhood disorganization are especially vulnerable to high rates of adolescent substance abuse. The goal of this study was to organize a coalition of neighborhood agencies to provide a comprehensive array of school and community-based prevention services to reduce substance use and gang involvement among inner-city Latino

youth. An institutional cycles quasi-experimental design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of this project. Participants were 651 pretest cohort students and 667 posttest cohort students attending grades 5-8 in two Chicago elementary schools. The cohorts were from 75-79 percent Latino and from 16-18 percent African American.