ERIC Number: ED423454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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A Report of Outcomes of Project D.A.R.E. with Eighth Grade Students.
Van Burgh, Jill Wright; Render, Gary F.; Moon, Charles E.
This report explores the effects of "DARE To Resist Drugs and Violence" program on students' knowledge regarding drugs and alcohol and their attitudes toward authority figures (i.e., teachers and law enforcement officers) involved in the program. Project DARE was presented in 10 consecutive lessons (two days per week for five weeks) to 103 eighth grade students involved in a life skills course in Los Angeles, California. Students are instructed on various refusal skills that can be put to use when they are confronted with situations involving potential sexual activity or violence, as well as drug or alcohol abuse. Pre- and post-tests regarding knowledge, attitudes, and conflict resolution skills were administered and the scores were analyzed for significant difference. Students were also given a teacher constructed questionnaire examining attitudes toward use of drugs and alcohol by parents and peers, and their belief in the efficacy of DARE as an intervention. Both the pre- and post-tests scores were low. The results of the teacher-made questionnaire ran in direct opposition with the goals of the DARE program. The negative experiences and various concerns of the teachers involved are discussed. There is a distinct lack of evidence of efficacy about the DARE program; various studies have shown that it does not keep kids off drugs. In spite of these findings, the program maintains extremely high levels of school and community support and DARE's promoters are reluctant to regroup, reevaluate, or redesign the program. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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