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Mazerolle, Lorraine and Rombouts, Sacha [Drug Policy Modelling Program] . (2005) Monograph no. 07: School based drug prevention: a systematic review of the effectiveness on illicit drug use. Fitzroy: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. 106 p. DPMP Monograph Series

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This Monograph (No. 07) outlines a systematic review of school based drug education. Whilst the Griffith team started with the broad brief of prevention, it became clear that a focus on school based drug education would be most useful, particularly as a systematic review in relation to its impact on illicit drugs had not been previously conducted. The review identified 58 relevant studies, and both a qualitative (narrative) and quantitative (meta-analytic) review was undertaken. Those programs demonstrating most effectiveness were social influence and competency enhancement programs. Less promising and iatrogenic effects were found for affective education and knowledge dissemination.

In contrast to previous research on school based drug education, this review found that professionals were less effective than teachers, that multifaceted programs did not demonstrate substantially greater efficacy; and involvement of peers or booster session had minimal impact. Programs with a greater number of sessions were more effective, and interactive programs were associated with greater effectiveness.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD prevention
Source:Drug Policy Modelling Program
Date:December 2005
Pages:106 p.
Publisher:Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Place of Publication:Fitzroy
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > School context
R Research > Type of research study > Review
VA Geographic area > Australia and Oceania > Australia
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention programme or service
R Research > Research and evaluation
N Communication, information and education > Educational environment (school / college) > Substance use in the educational environment > School substance use policy
N Communication, information and education > Education and training > Educational institution > School
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Programme planning, implementation, and evaluation > Programme evaluation
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > School based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention outcome
VA Geographic area > International aspects
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention

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