Risk Factors and Protective Factors

Risk Factors and Protective Factors

Drug use is found among all ages, genders, races,  socioeconomic statuses, educational levels, and cultures. Throughout the  course, you will follow the story of Aaliyah where you will apply the  concepts you learn. In this module, you will meet Aaliyah and get to  know her current situation.


Case Study Analysis—Part I
Aaliyah is a 25-year-old, single, Caucasian woman, w
ho lives in an apartment with a friend. She moved out
of her parents’ house at 18, after completing high school
, to remove herself from her father’s alcohol use.
Aaliyah smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol occasionally.
She is dissatisfied with her current job. She works full
time as an administrative assistant at a contracting
company, but she is ready for a career change. Aaliyah has decided to return to school to pursue a degree
in criminal justice. She will be working and taking classes
at the same time, fitting her school schedule
around her work schedule.
During her first session of school, Aaliyah notices that s
he is having difficulty staying awake to complete her
schoolwork at night after a full workday. She does not w
ant her grades to fall, as her education is very
important to her. However, she cannot
afford to reduce her work hours.
Her roommate makes coffee at night to help her stay aw
ake. Soon, Aaliyah is drinking three or more cups
of coffee a night to help her stay awake to complete her schoolwork.

Analyze the case study and review your readings. Respond to the following:

  • Identify and analyze Aaliyah’s risk and protective factors for drug use. Describe at least two factors for each.
  • Discuss at least one thing not mentioned in the case study that could be an additional risk factor or protective factor for Aaliyah.
  • Explain what these risk and protective factors imply for future substance use.

Write a 2-3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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