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ERIC Number: EJ781928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2379
Pearls and Pitfalls in Evaluating a Student Assistance Program: A Five-Year Case Study
Wilburn, Sharon T.; Wilburn, Kenneth T.; Weaver, Dax M.; Bowles, Kathy
Journal of Drug Education, v37 n4 p447-467 2007
This article presents data from a five-year evaluation-research case study of a large urban schools district's internal Student Assistance Program (SAP). The district employed specially trained and licensed school-based counselors to implement an internal SAP expanded to include tertiary prevention, and modeled after an employee assistance program established for adults. From the population of more than 10,000 students who received some type of program assistance for at-risk behaviors, a stratified random sample of 2,238 cases, over a five year period, were reviewed. Results indicate a statistically significant decline (p less than .05) in students' drug use and a significant improvement in internal locus of control occurred each year. While not statistically significant, the average number of student discipline referrals was less than the year prior to program admission; however, there was no significant change in academic performance. A significant correlation between students' drug use and the amount of time in program, the type of assistance received, and the student's custody status was also found. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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