ERIC Number: ED349502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
"Alcohol: The Gateway Drug." OREA Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
The "Alcohol: The Gateway Drug" program and curriculum was developed in response to the prevalent use of alcohol by young people today and the difficulty of incorporating alcohol prevention into other substance abuse prevention programs. The main objective of the program was to provide alcohol prevention education services to fourth-graders in three particularly needy neighborhoods in New York City. This was to be achieved through a comprehensive approach, including teacher training in alcohol prevention education, alcohol-specific classroom prevention lessons, small group counseling for high-risk students, and parent workshops. An evaluation of the program indicated that: (1) classroom lessons seem to be effective in teaching students about the effects of alcohol and identifying children of alcoholics (COAs) and students at risk for alcohol use; (2) teacher training had the greatest visible impact when it was conducted in separate training sessions, rather than simply through teacher observations of classroom alcohol prevention lessons given by a substance abuse specialist; and (3) participation in parent workshops was low. Recommendations indicated that new strategies need to be found in order to increase parental participation in this program and these may include focusing parents on their children's activities, rather than on their own problems, and maintaining ongoing and intensive communication between school staff and parents regarding particular group meetings. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.