ERIC Number: ED213739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of an Innovative Drug Education Program: Follow-Up Results.
Moskowitz, Joel M.; And Others
This study provides a follow-up assessment of an innovative drug education program for seventh and eighth graders. Students learned Lasswell's framework for understanding human needs and motives, a systematic decision-making procedure, and information about the pharmacological, psychological, and social consequences of licit and illicit drug use. The course focused primarily upon "soft" drug use--tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. One social studies class from each of nine matched pairs was randomly assigned to receive the drug education course. The remaining classes constituted the control group. The follow-up questionnaire was administered one year after the completion of the course. Testing covered (1) drug knowledge; (2) general attitudes toward drug use; (3) perceived benefits and costs of various types of substance use; (4) perceived peer attitudes toward, and use of, various substances; and (5) intentions to use, current use, and lifetime use of various substances. The only short-term effect of the course that sustained at follow-up was greater drug knowledge for grade 8 males. As compared to their controls, the experimental students were more opposed to hard drug use. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Prevention and Treatment Development.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Napa, CA.
Note: For related document, see TM 810 127.