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Q: Preventing drug abuse ( Answered 1 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Preventing drug abuse
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: renoir-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 05 Oct 2002 20:30 PDT
Expires: 04 Nov 2002 19:30 PST
Question ID: 73076
Sometime during the past year ( I'm not certain about the 12 month
thing)  I saw an article on the following topic: there is little or no
drug abuse in  children when family members [i.e. the parents and
their children] are consistently engaged in volunteer work together. 
Please note that the volunteer work  had nothing to do with drug abuse
education or counseling of children or teenagers about drug abuse. 
Please find this article or the research it was based on

Clarification of Question by renoir-ga on 05 Oct 2002 22:17 PDT
Dear emjay:  Thanks for the comment but that is not the answer or site.

Clarification of Question by renoir-ga on 07 Oct 2002 20:41 PDT
Renoir is making the following changes to this question:  The price
has been increased to $15 and we are deleting the second sentence from
the end that starts with "Please note" and ends with "about drug

Request for Question Clarification by johnny_phoenix-ga on 08 Oct 2002 04:10 PDT
If this is the right one, please let me know and i will provide a full
answer based on the same.

Clarification of Question by renoir-ga on 09 Oct 2002 19:16 PDT
Dear johnnyphoenix: Yes. Please proceed with your full answer.
Subject: Re: Preventing drug abuse
Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 11 Oct 2002 06:27 PDT
Rated:1 out of 5 stars
Hiya, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. 

I actually found a few sites that "inferred" that family involvement
in volunteer work, could reduce the probability of one or more members
of that family being onvolved in drug related crime or abuse.

However, Steve Cuthbertson the president and CEO of "Youth Service
America" noted that "The more involved a youth is in service
activities, the less likely he or she will be to have negative
behavior as a teen. There are correlations between increased volunteer
work and lower rates of drug abuse, teen pregnancy and other harmful

Quote source at

The article is quite interesting and informative and offers multiple
links to further pages for investigation.

Parents as Career Counselors: Leading the Way 
Keeping Tabs on Your Teen 
Dealing With the Ingratitude Attitude 
Teenagers Today MomsTalk 

Search Terms "Drug Abuse","Families Involved","volunteer work"

Search Within Results "Decrease" OR "Reduce"

I hope this helps. 

Johnny Phoenix

Clarification of Answer by johnny_phoenix-ga on 17 Oct 2002 01:16 PDT
I am sorry that you did not feel the answer was satisfactory, but you
could have asked for an answer clarification to allow me to address
the points that you have raised rather than just mark it 1 out of five
without a chance to make it more acceptable to you. .

The question was "please find this article or the research it was
based on"

I even checked to ensure that I had in fact found the right answer and
you confirmed it was and I should proceed with the full answer.

Since you had asked for a specific article and I found that article
there was little point in mentioning irrelevant web sites as i advised
within my answer all the others were concerned with volunteer work
that did not involve drug abuse.

Since you had already stipulated that you were not after these sites
you no doubt would have pointed that out.

The site that i did find, i mentioned had various pages within it that
you could go to from the main site and I listed them within my answer.

Therefore, i feel i answered the question set and if as you say, you
required further information, it would have been helpful if you had
clarified your question to say what other aspects you wanted and how
many other sources you wanted quoting.

We as researchers can only answer the question set and i have done so,
it is a little unfair then to criticise the answer based on the fact
that you wanted us to explore and report on things that you did not
mention in the original question and do not request an answer
clarification on if you are not happy with the answer given.
renoir-ga rated this answer:1 out of 5 stars
Researcher provided only one website, which is a VERY poor answer.  
If possible, I would rate the answer as no stars, because researcher
said in his request for clarification that he would "provide a full
answer".  All he did was paraphrase the one website that he provided.

Subject: Re: Preventing drug abuse
From: emjay-ga on 05 Oct 2002 21:37 PDT
This one's a toughie. I did find the following URL on community
service for drug abuse prevention, but it concerns youth only.
Subject: Re: Preventing drug abuse
From: renoir-ga on 19 Oct 2002 22:40 PDT
johnny-phoenix:  You have made some good points in your Answer
Clarification.  I should have requested an "Answer Clarification" from
before rating you.  I apologize for that.  In rereading everything I
have to rate your answer with 3 stars; is there any method to
accomplish that?
Subject: Re: Preventing drug abuse
From: johnny_phoenix-ga on 21 Oct 2002 01:57 PDT
Thanks for coming back to me, i don't think you can change your
rating, but if you email the answers editors, they may be able to

Failing which we can both put this one down to experience. Take care,
if you do want further clarification on the answer itself let me know
what you need and i'll do my best.

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