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ERIC Number: ED549753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 110
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-0305-9
"Smashed": A Quantitative Study on Adolescents' Attitude about Drinking and Driving after Viewing a Documentary Film
Jaffe, Jana M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The use of alcohol by adolescents is a growing problem. Adolescents drinking and driving continues to be of great concern to society, as adolescent death from drinking and driving is not only untimely and unwarranted, but also preventable. Consequently, the need to find an intervention that speaks directly to adolescents about the negative effects of drinking and driving is essential. The problem addressed in the study was that adolescents have more deaths from drinking and driving than any other illegal substance, making alcohol and motor vehicle accidents the leading cause of this age group's mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a specific adolescent intervention program that focuses on peer influence to modify adolescents' intention to drink and drive and attitude toward drinking and driving. Specifically, this study included an examination of the extent to which watching a documentary film, "SMASHED: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol," impacted senior-level high school students' attitudes about drinking and driving in the near future. A quantitative, experimental research design was employed including a pretest, immediate posttest, and 30-day posttest to examine the effects of viewing the film on students' intention to drink and drive and attitude toward drinking and driving and it was concluded that viewing the "SMASHED: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol" film had the desired effect. The identification of an intervention that decreases adolescents' negative drinking behaviors will support the role of the school counselor as an educator and may provide direction for programs and policies aimed at adolescents collectively and individually. This research can also guide future research and practices to determine if the use of documentary media that supports peer modeling proves to be a beneficial for counselor educators, researchers, concerned parents, professionals, and adolescents themselves. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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