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Programme for the Prevention of Drug Abuse at School (PPCDE)

Quality level: 2

Summary

Aims to influence beliefs and attitudes of Infant and Primary School about drugs and their consumption, as well as to affect positively current drug consumption and intended future consumption of Compulsory Secondary School and Post-Compulsory Education students of Galicia.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
universal
Setting:
school
Type of approach:
Target group:
children/young people
Age group:
5-18
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Spain
Start date:
01/05/1995
End date:

Overall objective

To influence believes and attitudes of Infant and Primary School about drugs and their consumption, as well as to affect positively current drug consumption and intended future consumption of Compulsory Secondary School and Post-Compulsory Education students of Galicia.

Abstract

The Programme for the Prevention of Drug Abuse at School (PPCDE) is focused on all stages of compulsory education and secondary post-compulsory education in Galicia (Spain). The programme was first implemented in May 1995, and intends to influence believes and attitudes about drugs of school students, as well as on their current and future consumption trends. The PPCDE covers a wide group of actions; from teacher training, implementing specific supplementary teaching material, creating an organisational and co-ordination structure and the evaluation of the programme. Teaching materials are the working base and can be implemented as such or be adapted to each class, thanks to its implementation flexibility. There are 4 volumes (one for each educational stage) for the centre and the teachers, as well as workbooks and video for the students. The use of these materials and the contents of this programme are to be integrated in the centres' educational projects in a way that they would become part of their academic curriculum. In this sense, the PPCDE can be complemented by other more intensive or specific programmes for high-risk groups, as long as this multiplies preventive effects and minimises duplicity of programmes. A quasi-experimental group has been used for the evaluation of the PPCDE results in the Secondary Compulsory Education, by means of a pre and post-test and a non-equivalent control group. The intensity and quality of the implementation of the programme has been highly diverse. In some of the school centres the number of implementation centres has been rather small, while it has been very large in other centres. The implementation level has determined the extent and effect of the programme. Approximately 30% of the educational centres have implemented the PPCDE and another 30% are not implementing it, are developing another prevention programme in the centre.

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