|M.Sc Student||Sela Hagit|
|Subject||A Survey of Drug-Abuse Prevention Programs in High|
|Department||Department of Education in Science and Technology||Supervisor||Professor Michael Moore|
Programs for the prevention of drug abuse in Israel are developmental in nature, and focus on personal, value-related and social processes. Their goal is to enable students to make a carefully weighed decision based on saying no to drugs.
Based on drug abuse prevention programs presently operating in schools, the research surveys these programs` declared goals, as well as student and teacher opinions regarding the extent that such goals have been attained, with the purpose to provide an answer to the following research question:
“To what extent have the declared goals of drug abuse prevention programs attained their objectives as perceived by students and teachers?”
Questionnaires were distributed among 120 students and 80 teachers and produced four main findings:
1. According to student and teacher attitudes, the rate of success of prevention programs is high, at 70%.
2. Teachers` attitudes regarding the success of preventive programs are more positive than those of students.
3. The program achievements attributed to life skills and desirable behavior merited the lowest score in comparison to all other categories, while the program achievements attributed to information warranted the highest score.
4. It was revealed that 28% of the students cited that the very fact of dealing with the topic of drugs through preventive programs stimulated them to use drugs.
It appears that preventive programs do attain their goal. However, in order to improve the programs` achievements, the content and intensity of such programs must concentrate on life skills and desirable behaviors.