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STUDY 2010 HTM file
The effects of Project ALERT one year past curriculum completion

This real-world test of a prevention programme conducted by an independent researcher rather than the developer failed to replicate earlier positive results – in this case, in respect of Project ALERT, one of the two most widely implemented and respected US middle school drug prevention curricula.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Bridging the gap between evidence and practice: a multi-perspective examination of real-world drug education

An audit of school drug education in Scotland in the early 2000s found that in key respects lessons departed from what research had shown was effective prevention and that despite national guidelines, there was no consistent national or even local approach.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
One-year follow-up evaluation of the Project Towards No Drug Abuse (TND) dissemination trial

Disappointing results from this first evaluation of widespread dissemination of the Project TND drug education curriculum reinforce concerns that with usual schools, teachers and pupils and usual training and support, programmes previously found effective may not live up to their promise. The possibly important exception is in respect of curbing 'hard drug' use.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Does successful school-based prevention of bullying influence substance use among 13- to 16-year-olds?

Intriguing suggestion from a Norwegian study that taking measures to effectively reduce bullying in schools (including improving the social climate and setting clear and consistently enforced boundaries) also curbs the development of forms of substance use most associated with disturbed child development.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Preventing drug abuse among adolescent girls: outcome data from an internet-based intervention

In this US study a substance use prevention programme for adolescent girls accessed over the internet from home had effects comparable to school-based drug education, yet occupied no classroom or teacher time and could inexpensively be replicated across the internet-linked population. Also described are later reports from similar studies.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Blueprint drugs education: the response of pupils and parents to the programme

In the British context, it was expected to decide whether an evidence-based, well structured and well resourced drug education programme could contribute to reducing youth substance use, yet the multi-million pound Blueprint study never got near fulfilling its promise.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Evaluating mediators of the impact of the Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) multimodal preventive intervention on substance use initiation

Again an early schools programme which does not mention substance use at all but focuses on overall child development has later impacts on substance use (plus other benefits) as great as targeted drug education is typically able to produce.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Reducing adolescent use of harmful legal products: intermediate effects of a community prevention intervention

Alaskan Native communities were mobilised to educate their children and parents about, and to reduce the availability of, volatile substances, over-the-counter medicines and other legal substances used as intoxicants by young people. Preliminary results were encouraging.

REVIEW 2009 HTM file
School-based programmes that seem to work: Useful research on substance use prevention or suspicious stories of success?

According to a commentator, this "trenchant critique" of the evidence for school-based alcohol and drug prevention curricula is "unfortunately, largely on target". The focus is on methodological concerns which might undermine positive findings, and on whether these survive a programme's transplantation to real-world conditions.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Harnessing peer interaction in school-based prevention can backfire

Overall a US study found that peer-led, small group work based on friendship networks augmented the preventive impact of a substance misuse curriculum, but the reverse was the case when the closest friends of a pupil used substances relatively frequently.


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