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NCJ Number: 164908 Find in a Library
Title: Students Give DARE Mixed Reviews
Journal: Juvenile Justice Digest  Volume:24  Issue:19  Dated:(October 3, 1996)  Pages:2-5
Editor(s): S Kernus
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The most popular and best known drug abuse education program in the United States, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), has received mixed reviews.
Abstract: Some researchers say DARE's core curriculum, taught to children in their last year of elementary school, does not stay with students as they get older. Others believe the DARE program works, especially if elementary school lessons are followed up with booster sessions. One study tracked students from elementary to high school and found few differences between DARE participants and those who received drug abuse education in school health classes. Another study observed that the DARE program was successful in getting police and community leaders more involved in drug abuse education. Still other studies concluded that 15 percent of students with no exposure to DARE fall into the high-risk category, that DARE has limited influence on adolescent drug use behavior, and that many students report the DARE program has no influence on their decision to use drugs. Officials in Spokane, Washington, no longer offer the DARE program in elementary school and instead use uniformed police officers to deliver a message that promotes self-esteem and clean living. Expected to cost about $150,000 a year less than the DARE program, Spokane's replacement program involves 30 police officers on a part-time basis who visit elementary school classrooms.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Elementary school education; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile educational services; Project DARE; Washington
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