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ERIC Number: EJ749627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
The Devil Is in the Details: Examining the Evidence for "Proven" School-Based Drug Abuse Prevention Programs
Gandhi, Allison Gruner; Murphy-Graham, Erin; Petrosino, Anthony; Chrismer, Sara Schwartz; Weiss, Carol H.
Evaluation Review, v31 n1 p43-74 2007
In an effort to promote evidence-based practice, government officials, researchers, and program developers have developed lists of model programs in the prevention field. This article reviews the evidence used by seven best-practice lists to select five model prevention programs. The authors' examination of this research raises questions about the process used to identify and publicize programs as successful. They found limited evidence showing substantial impact on drug use behavior at posttest, with very few studies showing substantial impact at longer follow-ups. The authors advocate additional long-term follow-up studies and conclude by suggesting changes in the procedures for developing best-practice lists. (Contains 3 tables and 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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