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NCJ Number: 164250 Find in a Library
Title: DARE: "Warm and Fuzzy" or Solid Success?
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:23  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1996)  Pages:28-29,32-33,52
Author(s): R Abshire
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program has grown dramatically since its inception as a joint effort by Los Angeles police and schools in 1983, juvenile drug crimes, gangs, and violence have risen dramatically.
Abstract: The dramatic national increase in juvenile crime, however, does not necessarily mean DARE does not work. Given the environmental influences of rising juvenile gang violence and drug use, dysfunctional families, crimogenic communities, and high school dropout rates, it may be asking too much to expect DARE to prevent juvenile delinquency. The public relations director of DARE America in Los Angeles admits DARE works best when schools and parents are full partners, but she insists even young people from troubled homes and combat zone neighborhoods can be helped by the program. A recent national survey of DARE graduates indicates over 90 percent say DARE has taught them effective skills to avoid drugs and alcohol and has increased their self-confidence. A survey of Ohio schools shows DARE has made a positive change in student attitudes toward drugs. The effect of socialization on DARE program effectiveness is addressed, particularly in relation to factors influencing juvenile values and behaviors. In addition, the effect of the DARE program on participating police officers is considered. 1 table and 3 photographs
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Drug Related Crime; Gang Prevention; Gang violence; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Ohio; Project DARE; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; Social conditions; Socialization; Students; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
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