The Minnesota DARE PLUS Project: Creating community partnerships to prevent drug use and violence

Cheryl L. Perry, Kelli A. Komro, Sara Veblen-Mortenson, Linda Bosma, Karen Munson, Melissa Stigler, Leslie A. Lytle, Jean Forster, Seth L. Welles

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Abstract

The research community has criticized Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) because the extant literature indicates a lack of evidence that the elementary school program prevents drug use. Yet D.A.R.E. continues to be the most widely implemented drug use prevention program in the United States and has considerable community support. To date, the junior high D.A.R.E. program has not been evaluated. The Minnesota DARE PLUS Project is a randomized trial of 24 schools and communities. During 1999-2001, students in eight schools will receive the junior high D.A.R.E. curriculum in 7th grade; eight schools also will receive the curriculum as well as additional parent involvement, peer leadership, and community components in the 7th and 8th grades; and eight schools will serve as controls. This article describes the background and conceptualization, the curriculum and additional intervention components, and the evaluation methods of the DARE PLUS Project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of School Health
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2000

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