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ERIC Number: ED083523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 12
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A Social Inoculation Model for Increasing Resistance to Illicit Drug Use.
Wichman, Harvey; Paynton, Clifford
This paper describes a psychological model for influencing social behavior that is based on a biological model. The model gave rise to an idea for a drug abuse program which applied and tested concomitantly in an "action research" drug abuse program with junior and senior high schools in San Bernardino, California. It was postulated that, given a school situation where an active group of drug users and pushers were present, a sizeable number of low-resistance students would imitate the drug behavior. It was further postulated that the medical inoculation model, by introducing into the schools deactivated toxic agents such as paroled ex-addicts, would act to discourage the low-resistance students from illicit useage. Some of the validating techniques used in this type of research are highlighted in describing the outcome of the application of the model. The data seem to support the viability of the model, and the paper concludes with a discussion of models and the risks involved in their use. (Author/SLD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association, April 1973, Anaheim, California