The main purpose of the study was to explore the needs for drug education among seventh-grade students. Focus group interview was used to collect qualitative data from 60 students at Taipei Shyr-Jiann Junior High School in December, 1998 and January, 1999. Six focus groups were held with each lasting 100 minutes. The main findings of the study were as follows: The main substances used by the junior high school students were cigarettes, with wine, betelnuts, glue and amphetemines being followed. The reasons for using substances included individual, family, peer, and social factors. To avoid using substances, the student interviewees would clarify their value, carefully choose friends, participate leisure activities, and seek information. The refusal skills the students would use to resist peer pressure included direct methods (e.g., say 'no' bravely or directly) and indirect methods (e.g., alteration, alternatives). To assist adolescents to avoid using substances, students pointed out that schools should focus on environment, education, counseling, alternative activities, cooperating with family and community, and teacher models. In terms of the needs for drug education, students pointed out that: (1) The curriculum should include drug abuse information, refusal skills, and related laws and regulations. (2) The ideal people to teach drug education included educators, politician and professionals, people with drug-using experience, and stars. The study suggested that preventive work should involve family, school, and community to emphasize life skills and to explore the needs for drug education among high-risk students.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Publication status||Published - May 2000|
- Drug Abuse
- Focus group