Strategies for community-based sociological practice are discussed. The role of the sociologist in helping communities to recognize a social problem is analyzed in the context of social construction of reality theory. Once a community accepts that it has a problem with adolescent drug abuse, control and peer association theories can guide sociologists who wish to join with community leaders to combat drug abuse. By strengthening bonds among community organizations, parents, and other groups, the community tolerance for drug abuse is reduced and support for peer prevention is built.

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