Navigation Links
Program Helps 1st Graders Stay Safe Long-Term
Date:6/19/2009

It cut odds for substance abuse, violence by the time they reached 5th grade,,

FRIDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- A school-based prevention program begun in the early grades can reduce rates of substance abuse, violence and early sexual activity, says a U.S. study.

The study included students at 20 public elementary schools in Hawaii with below-average standardized test scores and diverse student populations. About 55 percent of the students at the schools received free or reduced-price lunches.

Some of the schools were randomly selected to implement an intervention program called Positive Action (PA), consisting of daily 15- to 20-minute interactive lessons on topics such as responsible self-management, getting along with others and self-improvement. The program was given to students for about one hour a week beginning in the first or second grade.

By the time students reached fifth grade, those exposed to the PA program were about half as likely to report engaging in problem behaviors as those who weren't exposed to the program. The study appears online and in the August print issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

"This study demonstrates that a comprehensive, school-wide social and character development program can have a substantial impact on reducing problem behaviors of public health importance in elementary school-age youth," principal investigator Dr. Brian Flay of Oregon State University said in a news release from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

He said a follow-up study is planned to examine whether the positive effects of the program continue as children grow older.

"This study provides compelling evidence that intervening with young children is a promising approach to preventing drug use and other problem behaviors," Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the institute, said in the news release. The agency supported the study.

"The fact that an intervention beginning in the first grade produced a significant effect on children's behavior in the fifth grade strengthens the case for initiating prevention programs in elementary school, before most children have begun to engage in problem behaviors," Volkow said.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about children's behavior.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, news release, June 18, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Highmark Program Receives Top Community Leadership Award
2. Oncology Care Quality Improvement Program Introduced by Bipartisan Coalition Dedicated to Better Cancer Care Nationwide
3. American Dental Hygienists Association and Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Announce Honorees of HYGIENIST HERO(R) Recognition Program
4. Narconon Gulf Coast Announces 300th Graduate From Drug Rehabilitation Program
5. National Council on Aging and Medicare Diabetes Screening Project Launch New Program to Educate Seniors about Medicares Benefits for Diabetes Screening
6. St. Charles Surgical Hospital Announces Dedicated Lymphedema Treatment Program
7. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Calls for Blood Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense
8. Wound Care Certification Program Gives Healthcare Sales Professionals Competitive Edge in Tough Economy
9. L.A. Care Health Plan and Health Integrated Partner to Integrate Medical and Behavioral Support Programs for L.A. Cares Providers
10. National Changing Diabetes Program Issues Statement on President Obamas Speech to the American Medical Association
11. American College of Surgeons Supports Bill to Create New Frontline Providers Loan Repayment Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Program Helps 1st Graders Stay Safe Long-Term
(Date:2/11/2016)... Colorado (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... Colorado ... Review as one of 334 spine surgeons to know in 2016 . The ... in the field of spine surgery. , Dr. Corenman understands the importance of ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... The annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising ... team dedication and commitment to the SharePoint ecosystem. A panel of experts and ... goal is to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. , The survey was made ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Husted Kicking ... San Diego, CA, on February 6th & 7th, 2016 according to kicking coach Michael ... were not invited to the NFL’s combine in Indianapolis,” says Husted. “The NFL uses ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... , ... President Obama’s budget proposal yesterday enables the HHS ... via telehealth, estimated to generate more than $160 million in savings over 10 ... Although there is more to be done, this represents an important victory ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... , a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical ... for practitioners and specialists working in infectious diseases. , As the all-inclusive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... NEW YORK , Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... a foot-focused suite of products designed to support ... ExoSOLS™, are custom orthotic insoles that combine years ... 1,000 partners in the podiatric field with cutting ... align, and propel . It is supported by ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... DUBLIN , February 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the "Molecular Diagnostics ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rp4pg8/molecular ) has announced ... Reports Bundle" report to their offering. ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rp4pg8/molecular ) has announced the addition of ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... och PITTSBURGH , ... lämnas inte, och detta pressmeddelande får inte ... eller till, och inga anmälningssedlar kommer att ... i, något land där Erbjudandet, distribution av ... Erbjudandet skulle strida mot tillämpliga lagar eller ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: