WWC review of this study

The effects of the Too Good for Drugs prevention program on students' substance use intentions and risk and protective factors.

Bacon, T. P. (2000). Florida Educational Research Council, Inc., Research Bulletin, 31 (3 & 4), 1–25.

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    6
     Students
    , grade
    6
No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: September 2006

Knowledge, attitudes, and values outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Resistance skills

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

4.36

4.15

No

 
 
11
More Outcomes

Peers disapprove use

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

3.73

3.47

No

 
 
10

Intentions for marijuana

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

N/A

N/A

No

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Intentions for drinking

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

N/A

N/A

No

--

Locus of control

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

4.37

4.25

No

--

Prosocial peers

Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) vs. Business as usual

Follow-up

Grade 6;
6 students

4.58

4.5

No

--

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 52%
    Male: 48%
  • Race
    Asian
    6%
    Black
    33%
    White
    48%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    13%
    Not Hispanic
    87%

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Setting

One large school district in Florida that serves students from urban, suburban, and rural regions.

Study sample

The comparison group included 1,318 sixth-grade students from six middle schools. About 51% of the student population in these schools in eligible for participation in the free or reduced lunch program. Of the sample, 52% were females, 48% were Caucasian, 33% African-American, 13% Hispanic, and 6% Asian.

Intervention Group

The Too Good for Drugs™ sixth-grade curriculum consisted of nine lesson units averaging 45 minutes in length. The program was implemented during the first quarter of the school year.

Comparison Group

The comparison group was drawn from matched schools in the same school district. Comparison group students did not participate in the Too Good for Drugs™ program at the time of the study but received this program at the fourth quarter of the school year.

Outcome descriptions

Students responded to survey items assessing students’ intentions to use marijuana and their perceptions of peer resistance skills, positive attitudes toward nondrug use, perceptions of peer normative substance use, perceptions of peer disapproval of substance use, prosocial peer relationships, and locus of control. (See Appendix A2.2 for a more detailed description of outcome measures.)

Support for implementation

All lessons were delivered by program instructors (trained off-site educators), so no training of teachers was done.

 

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