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Case study of a comprehensive, multisystem strengths-based drug prevention intervention

Dr Veonna Goliath

The saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ highlights the important influence that neighbourhoods and communities have on child and adolescent development. The paper reports on the first phase of a strengths based intervention implemented in a socially marginalised community characterised by poverty, community disorganisation and apathy, low social cohesion and community support. Also presenting a lack of cultural and community pride, a normative, pro-drug use community culture, easy access to drugs in the community, poor expectations of and investment in education, inadequate youth and recreational services, and non-adherence to drug regulating laws. The practice guidelines were derived from an empirical study with 10 adolescent drug users, 27 adolescent non-drug users, 10 peer mentors, and 9 social service professionals living and or working in the community.

International Conference on Community Empowerment,
Coping, Resilience and Hope
14-16 December 2014, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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Dr Veonna Goliath

Veonna Goliath is a social worker with over twenty years’ experience, she is a clinical psychologist and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Social Development Professions (Social Work Programme) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. She completed her doctoral studies in 2014, focusing on culturally sensitive drug prevention interventions. Veonna's area of interest and expertise include youth, family and community resilience.

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