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NASTY SURPRISES 2004 PDF file 211Kb
Confident kids ... like to party

Research challenging the presumption that because it is 'bad', then youth substance use must also be caused by and cause other 'bad' things. The nasty surprise is that by fostering socially skilled youngsters keen on sports, we can also be fostering substance use.

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.

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 203Kb
Family programme improves on school lessons

In this US study supplementing a leading classroom-based curriculum with evening sessions to improve parent-child interaction (the Strengthening Families Program) led to 30% fewer 12–13-year-old children starting to drink in their early teens.

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 2003 HTM file
Substances, adolescence (meta-analysis)

The most influential finding in drug education research – that interactive teaching methods have the greatest prevention impact – was confirmed by the featured report but later questioned by unpublished analyses using better statistical methods, an episode which has left concern and uncertainty in its wake.


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