This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Tackling the Misuse of Volatile Substances

Tackling the misuse of volatile substances


Volatile substance abuse (VSA), inhalant abuse or solvent abuse are all terms used to describe the deliberate inhalation of any of a range of products, including some types of glues, aerosols and fuels, to achieve intoxication. Because so-called ‘poppers’ (amyl (pentyl) and isobutyl nitrites) have different patterns of misuse, they are not discussed here. For information on these, see Haverkos and Dougherty (1988).

Inhaling such volatile substances as ether and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has a long history. In the USA during the 1950s and 1960s, publicity about glue sniffing helped to increase awareness of the possibilities of glue as an intoxicant (Brecher, 1972). In the UK, public anxiety about VSA reached a peak in ...

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