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Title: Comprehensive Survey of Solvent Abuse Prevention Materials
Journal: Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education  Volume:45  Issue:1  Dated:Fall 1999  Pages:32-46
Author(s): Debra M. Smitham; Michael D. Slater; Nathan J. Luther; Pamela Jumper-Thurman
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: P50DA07074 R01
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is a comprehensive survey of solvent abuse prevention materials.
Abstract: A number of prevention resources have been developed to address the problem of adolescent solvent abuse. However, very little research has been conducted on the efficacy or appropriateness of solvent abuse prevention materials. This article identifies types of prevention approaches, and presents some published solvent-specific prevention materials targeting adolescents. Of the 127 prevention materials examined, 56 were aimed at adolescents. Following identification of salient prevention messages, materials were coded according to targeted age group, ethnicity, and media format. Chi square tests were conducted to examine trends across solvent abuse prevention materials. Results suggested that specific prevention messages are often used with specific age groups, cultural content and media formats. The article suggests that a longitudinal program evaluation may be useful in examining the effectiveness of solvent prevention approaches. The evaluation program might include examination of immediate reactions to the messages themselves, a pretest-posttest design to examine the effect of exposure to various solvent abuse prevention messages on intentions to inhale solvents and investigation of the efficacy of prevention materials over time. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Drug abuse; Drug prevention programs; Effectiveness; Intoxicant inhalation; Juvenile drug abusers; Media coverage; Program design; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse
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