Peer education as a means of drug prevention and education among young people: an evaluation

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Ward, J., Hunter, G. and Power, R. 1997. Peer education as a means of drug prevention and education among young people: an evaluation. Health Education Journal. 56 (3), pp. 251-263. https://doi.org/10.1177/001789699705600305
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TitlePeer education as a means of drug prevention and education among young people: an evaluation
AuthorsWard, J., Hunter, G. and Power, R.
Abstract

Peer education has become increasingly popular in Britain as a method of drug education and prevention for young people. Few initiatives nave undergone formal evaluation and the extent to which such programmes influence the drug use of young people is consequently unknown. The results from a process evaluation of a community based peer intervention are presented here. Research and evaluation took place between April 1995 and June 1996. Findings show that the intervention was successful in that drug information was disseminated to a wide cross-section of the target population including those who would Otherwise not have access to such information, for example parents and teachers. The evaluation found a considerable number of contacts made by the peer educators were through speaking to friends and distributing drug information leaflets. While it appears that contacts of this nature achieve increased levels of knowledge about drugs, it remains unclear how effective the intervention was in influencing the drug-using behaviour of young people currently involved in drug use. Until impact and outcome evaluations of peer intervention programmes have been completed, there is no clear evidence that peer education is a superior method of drug education and prevention in comparison to other approaches.

Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSage
JournalHealth Education Journal
ISSN0017-8969
Electronic1748-8176
Publication dates
Print01 Sep 1997
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Aug 2022
Accepted01 Apr 1997
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/001789699705600305
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