The Life Education organization offers a drug education programme to an estimated one million Australian primary schoolchildren.
It is believed the programme delays experimentation with or initiation into smoking, alcohol use and the taking of analgesics.
This study examined the short-term public health effects on 3000 11-and 12-year-old students, of whom 1700 were exposed to 5 consecutive years of the programme.
The other 1300 students were not exposed to the programme.
After controlling for the known predictors of social drug use there was no evidence that Life Education students, when compared with students receiving conventional school-based drug education, were less likely to have smoked, were less likely to have drunk or were less likely to have used analgesics.
Indeed, the evidence suggested that Life Education-students were slightly more likely to use these substances, and that the programme had different effects on boys'and girls'drug use.
Given that these findings are consistent with previous research evaluating similar drug education programmes, it is hypothesized they are most likely to do with the design of the programme itself.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tabagisme, Alcoolisme, Consommation, Analgésique, Prévention, Programme sanitaire, Education sanitaire, Evaluation, Etude longitudinale, Enfant, Homme, Age scolaire, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Tobacco smoking, Alcoholism, Consumption, Analgesic, Prevention, Sanitary program, Health education, Evaluation, Follow up study, Child, Human, School age, Australia, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0139066
Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 09/06/1995.