ERIC Number: ED033428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Government Programs and Psychological Principles in Drug Abuse Education.
Richards, Louise G.
This paper is divided into two parts: (1) the drug abuse education activities being carried out by the various agencies that take responsibility in this area, and (2) an analysis of various kinds of efforts made in drug abuse education today and the resulting product. The definition of drug abuse education used by the author contains the following elements: reasonably accurate information on abused or illegal drugs conveyed via a psychological principle (or force) and designed to change individuals' knowledge, attitudes, or behavior in a direction desired by the educator. The three goals of the federal government's educational activities are: (1) to prevent the use of illegal and potentially harmful drugs, (2) to present enough information so that students can decide for themselves, and (3) to increase understanding of all the factors that account for drug use and related social attitudes and policy. Various methods used in drug education are explained. These include: (1) scare tactics, (2) exhortatory methods and materials, (3) professional or experiential authority, (4) increased status in a current role or a desired new one, (5) the organization and elaboration of concepts in a logical structure, (6) encounters (group techniques), and (7) humor of entertainment techniques. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association convention, Washington, D. C., August 31-September 4, 1969