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REVIEW 2007 HTM file
Using correlational evidence to select youth for prevention programming
Is it best to focus prevention efforts on youngsters most likely to use substances - or will that miss out many future users who could have benefited from these efforts? This well informed and clear analysis concludes that we just can't predict well enough to risk leaving some youngsters out.
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.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 384Kb
Mailshot triggers reduced drinking among concerned problem drinkers
From Canada, the first study to find that using inexpensive mass communication methods to challenge false beliefs that most other people drink more can cut drinking among heavy drinkers, in this case only those already concerned about the risks.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 281Kb
Computerised feedback challenges belief that most drink more than me
Promising North American alcohol prevention programs exploit the interactivity of CD-ROMs or the internet to provide personalised feedback on (among other things) how the drinking of the the user compares to population norms.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 222Kb
Everyone is NOT doing it - important prevention message for early teens
A US alcohol education study distinguished by its long-term follow-up and its harm reduction objective found that school programmes can reduce excessive alcohol use among teenagers by correcting unrealistic beliefs about how normal drinking is.
FOOL'S GOLD 1999 PDF file 381Kb
False dawn for drug-free schools in Taiwan
In Taiwan, under-resourced schools, pressured to make unrealistic drug use reductions, found that fiddling the figures was the only way to avoid being seen to fail. Public and politicians thought things were fine until researchers uncovered the truth.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 223Kb
Students respond to brief alcohol intervention
High risk US students selected on the basis of their drinking at school cut their drinking at college in response to a brief face-to-face motivational interview with individualised risk assessments.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 634Kb
Deviant drug use susceptible to education
California pupils refused entry to normal secondary schools (many used drugs and/or were high risk) substantially reduced their hard drug use in special schools allocated to a three-week curriculum tailored to their needs.
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