ERIC Number: ED311638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Effectiveness of an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program on Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Gately, Susan E.
This study investigated the incidence of alcohol and/or drug abuse within families of emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered children, and the effectiveness of an alcohol and drug awareness curriculum for these children. Subjects were 116 children, aged 6-15, attending a residential and day treatment center. While 35.3% of the children were from families with no substance abuse reported, 52.6% of the children had an immediate family member abusive of alcohol and/or drugs, and 12.1% of the children had an extended family member abusive of alcohol and/or drugs. A training program, "Drug and Alcohol Awareness Curriculum," provided students with current, accurate alcohol and drug information, decision-making practice, and values clarification exercises. Pre-testing, post-testing, and follow-up testing was conducted to measure program effectiveness. Findings indicated significant differences between pre-test and post-test scores for the total group. A comparison of post-test scores and follow-up scores indicated no difference for children from addicted families but significantly different scores for children from families with no documented addiction, suggesting that retention of the information was greater in children from homes with drug and/or alcohol abuse. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 3-7, 1989).