Effects of a school-based drug use prevention programme for middle-school students in Taiwan

Fong Ching Chang, Yu Chen Chang, Ching Mei Lee, Chih Ning Lung, Hsin Jung Liao, Shu Ching Lee, Nae-Fang Miao, Sieh Hwa Lin, Wang Ting Zeng

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of a school-based drug use prevention programme for middle-school students in Taiwan. The curriculum consisted of 10 lessons and 4 homework assignments involving parent-child activities. A quasi-experimental design was used. The study was conducted in an urban middle-school located in Taipei city and in a middle-school located in a rural area in Taoyuan county. A total of 327 middle-school students in the intervention group and 314 students in the comparison group successfully participated in the baseline (September 2011) and follow-up surveys (November 2011). A mixed-model approach was used to examine the effects. Multivariate analysis results indicated that the school-based drug-prevention programme increased the students' drug-related knowledge, drug-prevention attitudes, enhanced life skills, and improved perceived parental involvement in the prevention of drug use. The results of this study endorse the implementation of school-based drug use prevention programmes that include parent-child activities to enhance youth drug-prevention knowledge, attitudes, and life skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Drug use
  • Prevention programme
  • School
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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