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Effects of an Affective Drug Abuse Prevention Program on Inner City Black Youth

  • Ronald L. Nuttall
  • Michele L. Moreland
  • Joan B. Hunter

Abstract

With the goal of reinforcing the drug-free experi­ence, this program offered an affective approach to drug abuse prevention intended for teenagers from an inner city minority population. Through informal seminars including films and discussion, youngsters were led to explore their feelings and goals for the future, and the possible effects of drug use on these goals. About 80 teenagers from lower socioeconomic areas of Boston took part in the six-week pro­gram during the summer of 1977. Almost all the participants were black.

Change in attitude was determined by a pre- and post-test designed to measure participants’ prediction of future life outcomes with regard to 18 factors including marriage and family, career happiness, success, respect and appearance, under each each of three drug use conditions: none (“if you do not use any drugs”), occasional (“if you get high now and then”) , and frequent (“if you get high often”) . Correlated t-tests were used to determine the effects of the pro­gram on each predicted life outcome.

Results indicated that boys’ attitudes did change signifi­cantly after the seminars, with “getting high often” re­ceiving poorer ratings for predicted life outcome (proba­bility less than .05). However, there was no significant change in attitudes of the girls, who were already well aware of the negative implications of frequent drug use.

Keywords

Reaction Form Life Outcome Drug Abuse Prevention Frequent Drug Direction Program 
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References

  1. Friedman, S.M, 1973. A Drug Education Program Emphasizing Affective Approaches and its Influence Upon Intermediate School Student and Teacher Attitudes, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Fordham University.Google Scholar
  2. Legislative Alert #63: Senate Subcommittee Conducts Hearings on Pre­vention. Washington, D.C.: National Association of State Drug Abuse Program Coordinators, April 15, 1977.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald L. Nuttall
    • 1
  • Michele L. Moreland
    • 1
  • Joan B. Hunter
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston CollegeUSA

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