Qualitative Study of Youth Substance Use

As part of psychology capstone project, a student partnered with the Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition (RAPC) and completed research on qualitative aspects of youth substance use in the Rockbridge area, with particular focus on alcohol.

Project Completed: February 2017


Andriana Bove


With a focus on alcohol consumption, this research examined qualitative aspects of youth substance use in the Rockbridge area, utilizing survey data collected from all 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Buena Vista, Lexington, Rockbridge County, and Bath County public schools during the 2015-16 academic year. Understanding the mechanisms behind substance use among local teens will allow RAPC to more effectively target their prevention programming.


Project Details

Agency Name Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition (RAPC)
Mission RAPC is a community coalition, whose "mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth in the Rockbridge area by increasing community awareness of substance use and other prevention related issues and by promoting a comprehensive network of prevention and intervention services and resources. The Coalition's vision is to promote protective factors and decrease risk factors in order to help build healthy youth, families, and communities in the Rockbridge area."
Website http://www.racsb.org/
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