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STUDY 2001 PDF file 161Kb
The quality of substance use education in British schools

In Wales, England and Scotland, the impression given by tick-box statistical returns of the quality of school substance use education is questioned by studies which dig beneath the surface to find out what really is happening.

STUDY 2002 PDF file 173Kb
Growth in youth drinking curbed by correcting 'normative' beliefs

A sophisticated reanalysis of data from the US Adolescent Alcohol Prevention Trial confirmed that school lessons based on correcting 'normative beliefs' about how common substance use is among one's peers can retard growth in drinking.

OFFCUT 2003 PDF file 128Kb
Sex education and drug lessons face similar problems

Like their drug-focused equivalents, school sex education programmes also find it difficult to demonstrate behaviour change. The first randomised trial in Britain recorded no long-term reduction in adolescent sexual activity or risktaking.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 182Kb
UK-style school drug prevention programme helps prevent regular drinking

A substance use prevention programme routinely implemented in Dutch secondary schools reduced drinking and had some impact on smoking. The study indicates that programmes of the intensity and type normally implemented may have a modest beneficial impact.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 129Kb
US version of Skills for Adolescence modestly retards growth of substance use

The first rigorous follow-up study of a drug education programme popular and influential in Britain found that it modestly retarded growth of substance use in 12-13-year-old school pupils.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 278Kb
Secondary school DARE ineffective without interactive extensions

The first randomised trial of the DARE drug prevention curriculum for pupils of secondary school age found its police-led lessons ineffective unless supplemented by activities which involved parents, pupils and communities as active participants.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 151Kb
Drug education: inspections show that tick box returns are no guarantee of quality

On-the-ground inspections in England and Scotland reveal that impressive returns to national monitoring systems can obscure poor quality practice in schools; lack of interactivity in teaching methods is a major gap.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
School-based smoking prevention: popular peers can help

A UK study successfully harnessed respected peers to prevent smoking, but not through classroom activities. Instead the 12-13-year-olds simply exerted their influence in normal social interactions with same-age school mates.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 152Kb
Early teaching boost pays off six years later

Over six years later, children from poor US black families were far less likely to have tried heroin or cocaine after receiving an educational boost in their first year at primary school.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 102Kb
Sampling abstinence from sweets and TV also curbs youth substance use

In three European countries secondary school pupils were invited to contract with a schoolmate to renounce their chosen indulgence for two weeks. Though most chose sweets, TV or computer games, there was also a spillover effect to substance use.


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