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Alcohol Prevention and School Students - Findings From an Australian 2-Year Trial of Integrated Harm minimization School Drug Education

Midford, Richard, Ramsden, Robyn, Lester, Leanne, Cahill, Helen, Mitchell, Johanna, Foxcroft, David R. and Venning, Lynne (2015). Alcohol Prevention and School Students - Findings From an Australian 2-Year Trial of Integrated Harm minimization School Drug Education. Journal of Drug Edcuation,.

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Title Alcohol Prevention and School Students - Findings From an Australian 2-Year Trial of Integrated Harm minimization School Drug Education
Author Midford, Richard
Ramsden, Robyn
Lester, Leanne
Cahill, Helen
Mitchell, Johanna
Foxcroft, David R.
Venning, Lynne
Journal Name Journal of Drug Edcuation
Publication Date 2015
ISSN 0047-2379   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 1541-4159
Total Pages 24
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Field of Research 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract The Drug Education in Victorian Schools program provided integrated education about licit and illicit drugs, employed a harm minimization approach that incorporated participatory, critical thinking and skill-based teaching methods, and engaged parental influence through home activities. A cluster-randomized, controlled trial of the program was conducted with a student cohort during Year 8 (13 years) and Year 9 (14 years). Twenty-one secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, were randomly allocated to the Drug Education in Victorian Schools program (14 schools, n = 1,163) or their usual drug education program (7 schools, n = 589). This study reports program effects for alcohol. There was a greater increase in the intervention students’ knowledge about drugs, including alcohol; there was a greater increase in communication with parents about alcohol; they recalled receiving more alcohol education; their alcohol consumption increased less; and they experienced a lesser increase in alcohol-related harms. Among intervention group risky drinkers, consumption and harm increased less. There were no differences between study groups in attitudes toward alcohol or in the proportion of drinkers or risky drinkers. While the program did not stop students taking up drinking, it did reduce their consumption and harm.
Keywords Harm minimization
Alcohol
School drug education
Cluster-randomized controlled trial
Australia
High school students
DOI http://dx.doi.org/0047237915579886   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Previous version: 2014, Vol. 44, no.3-4, pp.71-94
 
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