Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Mentally ill children--Substance abuse;Teenagers--Substance abuse


The purpose of this paper was two fold. Primarily, it provided a review of literature on substance abuse in adolescence and antecedent or consequent concomitant handicapping conditions. The second purpose was to provide a prospective of the current prevention models and the SAP model most widely used in Wisconsin. This model includes roles for the parents, community, students, and educators in identification, intervention, and prevention/education procedures. The handicapped students discussed in this paper were diagnosed with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, or various personality disorder. It did not include physically handicapped or mentally disabled students. The statistics refer to adolescents, ages 12-19. This paper did not intend to deal with assessment or treatment issues. These should be done by an independent facility with qualified professional staff. Legal responsibility and/or financial obligations for special education services are reviewed only to provide an indication of future services. This paper was intended to benefit special educators, but could be of value to regular educators as well.


Open Access

OCLC Number


Is this full-text open access?