ERIC Number: EJ683643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
PULSAR: A Qualitative Study of a Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Martino-McAllister, Jeanne M.
Journal of Drug Education, v34 n2 p89-103 Feb 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore the risk, protective factors, and resiliency characteristics of students selected to participate in the Police, Public Educators and Peers Utilizing the Leadership Skills of Students At Risk/As Resources (PULSAR) program. The study is significant as it employed qualitative methods and a resiliency-focused framework to evaluate a substance abuse prevention program. Findings revealed that the PULSAR program: facilitated self-reflection on student negative attitudes toward substance abuse and positive attitudes toward school; allowed students to gain skills that addressed individual needs; and fostered relationships between the students and adult facilitators in a safe environment. These results speak to increased protective factors and resiliency characteristics, but were not found to be constant with each student. Implications for continued research on the PULSAR program are addressed.
Descriptors: Prevention, Student Attitudes, Leadership, Substance Abuse, High Risk Students, Personality, Student Characteristics, Program Evaluation, Individual Needs, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7
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