ERIC Number: ED327769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Portland Peers Project. Interim Evaluation Report, 1989-90.
This document comprises an interim evaluation report for the Portland Peers Project, a comprehensive drug education program that serves students in grades 6-8 in all Portland (Oregon) middle schools, for the 1989-90 academic year. It is noted that data were collected through an initial assessment survey, a parent questionnaire, a student peer helper scale, and a review of the literature on peer assistance programs. This interim report presents preliminary findings related to the project's assessment of drug use by middle school students, results of the peer helper scale, and findings from the parent survey. The report also describes demographics of the treatment and comparison groups of students. Results are presented and explained in five tables showing: (1) distribution of peers project students by grade and gender; (2) distribution of peers project students and comparison group by ethnicity; (3) mean pretest, posttest, and change on peer helper scale by group; (4) mean, standard deviation, and change on peer helper subscales by group; and (5) parents' perceptions of the program. Findings are presented which show that the program established a coordinated peer support system in the middle schools during 1989-1990, and that the project achieved its expected effect of increasing middle school students' helping skills as measured by the Peer Helper Scale. The results of the initial assessment of drug use by middle school students were inconclusive. A 12-item bibliography is included and a summary of the initial assessment of student drug use is appended, along with instrumentation. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portland Public Schools, OR. Research and Evaluation Dept.