ERIC Number: ED101249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Drug Education in the United States Army.
Morton, Anton S.; And Others
In an attempt to prevent drug abuse, the U.S. Army developed drug education programs (DEP) at all its installations to inform soldiers about the dynamics and consequences of drug use. This paper presents the findings of the recently completed evaluation of Army DEP. The study surveyed 1,716 enlisted men at 16 posts about exposure to the DEP and their present and former drug use. In addition, an experiment was performed at one post where the reported drug use patterns of a sample of enlisted men were measured before and after initiation of a formal DEP. Results of the study showed that drug education provided to adolescent and postadolescent Army enlisted men did not affect their drug use. The report postulates that the impact of DEP might have been different had the audience consisted of young schoolchildren who had not yet tried drugs. Reasons for the failure of the DEP are suggested. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Paper presented at the International Council on Drug Education (October 1973)