ERIC Number: ED312602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Narconon Drug Education Program Preliminary Analysis.
Beckmann, Shelley L.; Chapman, Sandra L.
Narconon developed a drug education program as an adjunct to its drug treatment program. This program is designed for presentation to junior high and high school students. Lecturers are generally former drug abusers, and attempts are made to align the background of the lecturer to that of the students. The lecturer covers the effects of drug use, both mental and physical; the long-term effects on the ability to attain goals; the causes of addiction; and the responsibility of the individual in the use of drugs. Scare tactics are avoided. Lectures are interspersed with audience participation. The program is delivered in either one, three, or ten 1-hour presentations. All formats include lecture, discussion and, in the 10-hour series, student exercises. One-hour presentations were given to 37 classes in 15 Los Angeles, California area schools. Students (N=1,045) completed questionnaires immediately following the conclusion of the presentation. Findings suggest that Narconon's drug education program was effective in teaching students about the adverse consequences of drug abuse and had a very positive influence on the attitudes of students toward drugs. The most dramatic effect on attitude was observed in the borderline group of students--those indicating that they might use drugs in the future--with 86% of the students in this category indicating that they were less likely to use drugs following the presentation. Findings are reported in the areas of attitude toward drugs prior to the lecture, change in attitude following the lecture, education, preferred speaker, and current drug abuse. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, Los Angeles, CA.