ERIC Number: ED329406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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Rural Drug Abuse Prevention: Establishing Needs and Implementing Programs.
Buckhalt, Joseph A.; And Others
Designed as a handout for a poster presentation, this paper describes a drug prevalence survey used in Alabama, and methods of establishing drug abuse prevention programs. All students in grade 7, 9, and 11 in the state (N=140,000+) completed a 466-variable drug prevalence survey. The survey identified rates of use for 14 substances, including alcohol and tobacco products, illicit drugs, and steroids. It also measured student involvement in school, family, and community activities. The results, as a supplement to other sources of needs assessment, gave the 129 Alabama school districts a dataset for planning prevention and education programs at the community level. One prominent result was that greater involvement in various school or community activities related to lower drug use. The risk factors for drug abuse appear similar to the risk factors for school failure. In a training project funded by USOE (STRIPE--Strategic Training for Rural Intervention, Prevention, and Education), community-school teams from 12 communities in rural areas were trained to develop programs for their communities. Two features of the training are components on how to teach adolescents peer-pressure resistance skills that are generalizable beyond specific drug use situations and how to teach critical thinking and decision-making skills. Team training was conducted by a multidisciplinary faculty, including pharmacologists, health educators, social workers, counselors, and psychologists. The Alabama Drug Prevalence Survey is included in the document. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).