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Kennedy, Emma Kate (2003) Current issues in drugs education: presentation to Barnardos staff August 2002, handout 1. (Unpublished) Dublin: Barnardo's.

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This handout is the first in a two-part programme to educate Barnardos staff regarding current trends in drug education. The report overviews prevalence rates for substance misuse in Ireland and overviews current programmes in Irish schools, and highlights the difficulty in changing health behaviours as opposed to attitudes and beliefs. "Scare tactics" or "fear messages" are not appropriate, as young people tend to disbelieve exaggerated claims and often become more curious about these substances, increasing the risk for experimentation. The report feels that some programmes are ineffective due to unrealistic expectations, the implementation strategy of the programmes and environmental and cultural factors. Components of effective programmes are listed, including development timing (early interventions), programme intensity (more intensive programmes being more effective) and flexibility (offering a broad range of services). Effective methodologies are also listed.


Date:2003
Call No:JF16.2, VH4.2
Pages:12 p.
Publisher:Barnardo's
Place of Publication:Dublin
Keywords:AOD education, AOD education, education of prevention agents, education of prevention agents, intensity of prevention effort, intensity of prevention effort, Ireland, Ireland, prevention research, research and evaluation method
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Accession Number:HRB 1780 (Available)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
N Communication, information and education > Education by subject > Substance use education

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