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Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Young people’s views on drug education in schools: implications for health promotion and health education


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Title:Young people’s views on drug education in schools: implications for health promotion and health education
Author(s):Judy Orme, (Judy Orme is Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion in the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, Bristol, UK.), Fenella Starkey, (Fenella Starkey is Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol UK.)
Citation:Judy Orme, Fenella Starkey, (1999) "Young people’s views on drug education in schools: implications for health promotion and health education", Health Education, Vol. 99 Iss: 4, pp.142 - 153
Keywords:Drug counselling, Education, Effectiveness, Young people
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09654289910284571 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Government policy places strong emphasis on the value of school-based drug education, and offers guidelines around the development of appropriate drug education. This paper is based on research conducted with 575 young people via a questionnaire survey which sought to obtain their views on what constitutes effective drug education. Findings included strong support from young people for school-based drug education; suggested roles for parents, ex-drug users, friends and youth workers in drug education; a desire for clear facts about drugs and drug use in order to enable young people to make informed decisions; support for the use of interactive teaching methods; and the need for drug education to start in primary school. These findings highlight the potential value of involving young people in the development of drug education in order to ensure maximum engagement in and learning from school-based drug education programmes.



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