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Unformatted text preview: Emily Blum Article Critique Understanding Adolescent Substance Abuse: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Clinical Implications Summary: Adolescence is one of the most important periods of development, while it is also the stretch of time when we face some of the most challenging situations we will encounter. Adolescence is a time of gaining independence, experimentation, and taking risks. One area of experimentation associated with adolescence is substance use (Burrow-Sanchez 283). Most adolescents are introduced to substances during some point in their early years, and this is when they make the decision of whether or not to participate. There are many theories to possibly explain why individuals might develop problems with substance use; cognitive-behavioral theorists believe that drug abuse derives due to a relation between the person and their surroundings. The higher number of risk factors of a given adolescent is directly proportionate to surroundings....
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