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NCJ Number: 179966 Find in a Library
Title: Mentoring Factor: Evaluation of the Across Ages' Intergenerational Approach to Drug Abuse Prevention
Journal: Child & Youth Services  Volume:20  Issue:1/2  Dated:1999  Pages:77-99
Author(s): Andrea S. Taylor; Leonard LoSciuto; Margaretta Fox; Susan M. Hilbert; Michael Sonkowsky
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 23
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Across Ages is a comprehensive, intergenerational mentoring program in Philadelphia designed to reduce adolescent drug abuse and to help older adults maintain active roles in their communities.
Abstract: The program uses older adults as youth mentors, engages students in community service activities, provides a classroom-based life skills curriculum, and offers activities and support for parents and families. In an evaluation of the program, students in classrooms from Philadelphia public schools were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) curriculum and community service condition (program group); (2) curriculum, service, and mentoring condition (mentoring group); and (3) control group. Three original and eight modified scales were completed by 562 students in a pretest-posttest design to measure alcohol, drug, and tobacco use among 6th grade students. Program group participants, compared to control group participants, showed significant improvement in their sense of well-being, knowledge about elders, reactions to situations involving drug use, and attitudes toward community service. Participants in the mentoring group also improved in their attitudes toward school, the future, and elders. Implications for further research and practical considerations for program replication are discussed. 32 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile educational services; Mentoring programs; Pennsylvania; Program evaluation; Students; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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