ERIC Number: ED409316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Drug Abuse Prevention: School-based Strategies That Work. ERIC Digest.
This Digest discusses the role of the school, the community, and teacher preparation programs in alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) prevention among adolescents. It proposes that a comprehensive drug abuse prevention curriculum should incorporate: (1) normative education to help students realize that use of ATOD is not the norm for teenagers; (2) social skills improvement; (3) recognition of external pressures e.g., advertising, role models, peer attitudes; the risks and the short and long term consequences of ATOD use; (5) the development of positive aspects of life such as helping, caring, and goal setting; and (6) ways to refuse ATOD effectively and still maintain friendships. Curriculum delivery also has a critical influence on curriculum effectiveness. Some recommended methods are: interactive techniques rather than lectures or other forms of one-way communication; videos and multimedia software set in real world environments; adult role models; and integration of prevention messages into general curricula. Coordination of prevention messages and activities with other institutions in a youth's life is essential. Schools need to be actively involved in coordinating community-wide activities. Preservice teacher education curriculum content should include on adolescent ATOD use. (Contains 11 references) (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.