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Van Hout, Marie Claire (2011) Peer and universal drug prevention in Ireland: food for thought. Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education , 55 , (2) , pp. 8-13. (In Press)

I am writing to the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education to present results from a regional study investigating prevalence of substance use among 12 Irish secondary schools in the North Eastern region of Ireland: Counties Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Meath. 6 of these schools received peer education, as adjunct to the universal national drug education curriculum, Social Personal and Health Education, (SPHE).

The research aimed to present regional youth substance prevalence data for the Regional Drug Task Force Data Coordination unit. However, some interesting differences emerged between schools receiving peer education funded by the Drug Task Force and those schools did not. The letter also wishes to draw attention to the current lack of peer education program quality assurance and outcome evaluations in Ireland, with an increasing amount of freelance companies offering peer education (Substance Use Peer Education Responses Program (SUPER), Hands on Peer Education (HOPE), Peer Education Program (PEP), Positive Youth Education (PYE), and DAP, Cross Care) often funded by local and regional Drugs Task Forces. A systematic review of the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use databases yielded no peer education evaluations conducted to date in Ireland.


Item Type:Article
Date:2011
Page Range:pp. 8-13
Publisher:American Alcohol & Drug Information Foundation
Volume:55
Number:2
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Universal prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Louth
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Meath
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Cavan
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Monaghan
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)

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