Research Article

Prevention Science

, 6:187

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The Effects of the Going Places Program on Early Adolescent Substance Use and Antisocial Behavior

  • Bruce Simons-MortonAffiliated withPrevention Research Branch DESPR, NICHD, NIHPrevention Research Branch DESPR, NICHD, NIH
  • , Denise HaynieAffiliated withPrevention Research Branch DESPR, NICHD, NIH
  • , Keith SaylorAffiliated withNeuroScience, Inc
  • , Aria Davis CrumpAffiliated withPrevention Research Branch National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH
  • , Rusan ChenAffiliated withGeorgetown University

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This study evaluated the effects of a school-based intervention on growth trajectories of smoking, drinking, and antisocial behavior among early adolescents. Seven middle schools were randomized to intervention or comparison conditions and students in two successive cohorts (n = 1484) provided five waves of data from sixth to ninth grade. The Going Places Program, included classroom curricula, parent education, and school environment components. Latent growth curve analyses demonstrated significant treatment group effects, including reducing increases in friends who smoke, outcome expectations for smoking, and smoking progression, but had non-significant effects on drinking or antisocial behavior. The Going Places Program was effective in preventing increases in smoking progression, but its efficacy as a more cross-cutting problem behavior preventive intervention was not confirmed.


adolescents intervention problem behavior schools