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Differences in Perceived Implementation of a Standard Versus Peer-led Interactive Substance Abuse Prevention Program

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Abstract:

Objective : To assess perceived implementation of 2 substance-abuse prevention programs: a standard one and a peer-led interactive one.

Methods : Data from 16 health educators were collected after 504 classroom sessions, 63 of which were observed by 24 monitors.

Results : In the interactive program, health educators (HEs) followed the curriculum less closely, reported less favorable classroom processes and less offtask talking than in the standard one.

Conclusions : These data indicate that an interactive substance-abuse prevention program does not necessarily entail more off-task discussion but also does not necessarily guarantee more favorable program implementation.

Keywords: prevention; process evaluation; schools; substance use

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.31.3.7

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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