ERIC Number: EJ784823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Developing a Prevention Plan for an American Indian Boarding School: Strengthening Positive Peer Culture
Hektner, Joel M.; De Jong, Judith A.
Journal of American Indian Education, v46 n1 p41-59 2007
In order to develop a comprehensive substance abuse prevention plan for a boarding school for American Indian middle school students, the students (N = 66) were surveyed at two time points and teacher reports and discipline records were collected. Factors most strongly related to substance use were affiliation with risk-taking peers, lower levels of assertiveness and self-esteem, and being female. Girls also had higher levels of distress, social anxiety, and association with risk-taking peers. Several recommendations for a prevention program are made, including the elimination of a separate "Honor Dorm" for well-behaved students, the creation of mentored friendship groups, and the training of peer leaders.
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Prevention, Boarding Schools, American Indians, Assertiveness, Anxiety, Middle School Students, Surveys, Peer Influence, Risk, Self Esteem
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site: http://jaie.asu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A