Do adolescents perceive police officers as credible instructors of substance abuse prevention programs?

Augustine Hammond, Zili Sloboda, Peggy Tonkin, Richard Stephens, Brent Teasdale, Scott F. Grey, Joseph Williams

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Abstract

Although program recipients' attitudes toward instructors are crucial to program outcomes, they have not been adequately examined in the substance abuse prevention literature. This study uses survey data to explore attitudes toward instructors of prevention programming held by students from a national longitudinal evaluation of a school-based substance abuse prevention program delivered by Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officers. Our analyses indicated that students who had police officers as instructors evaluated program instructors significantly higher than students who had non-police officers as instructors. The evaluation of police instructors varied according to students' sociodemographic characteristics. Implications for future research and practice are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-696
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

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Do adolescents perceive police officers as credible instructors of substance abuse prevention programs? / Hammond, Augustine; Sloboda, Zili; Tonkin, Peggy; Stephens, Richard; Teasdale, Brent; Grey, Scott F.; Williams, Joseph.

In: Health Education Research, Vol. 23, No. 4, 01.08.2008, p. 682-696.

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Hammond, A, Sloboda, Z, Tonkin, P, Stephens, R, Teasdale, B, Grey, SF & Williams, J 2008, 'Do adolescents perceive police officers as credible instructors of substance abuse prevention programs?', Health Education Research, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 682-696. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cym036
Hammond, Augustine ; Sloboda, Zili ; Tonkin, Peggy ; Stephens, Richard ; Teasdale, Brent ; Grey, Scott F. ; Williams, Joseph. / Do adolescents perceive police officers as credible instructors of substance abuse prevention programs?. In: Health Education Research. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 4. pp. 682-696.
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