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Morgan, Mark (1997) Healthy schools project: evaluation report. Navan: North Eastern Health Board.

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By 1997 the Healthy Schools project had been piloted in 29 second-level schools in the North Eastern Health Board area, involving 56% of the student population in the area. The project had a strong emphasis on life skills, and on enabling young people to take responsibility for their own health and behaviour. Legal and illegal drugs formed one topic covered by the programme. This evaluation of the programme was based on research collected from site visits by the evaluator, records of judgements by participants on training days and staff development, records of meetings of co-ordinators, records of meetings of school principals, a formal questionnaire to teachers and a formal questionnaire to pupils in intervention and control schools. The teacher questionnaire had a response rate of 97%, while the student survey yielded a 100% return rate. Section 3.2.5 of the report presented the findings of the evaluator in relation to attitudes towards substance misuse among the students surveyed. There was a statistically significant difference in attitudes, with students in the pilot group having less favourable attitudes to substance use than those in the control group.

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