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Am J Health Behav. 2007 May-Jun;31(3):297-311.

Differences in perceived implementation of a standard versus peer-led interactive substance abuse prevention program.

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA 91803, USA.



To assess perceived implementation of 2 substance-abuse prevention programs: a standard one and a peer-led interactive one.


Data from 16 health educators were collected after 504 classroom sessions, 63 of which were observed by 24 monitors.


In the interactive program, health educators (HEs) followed the curriculum less closely, reported less favorable classroom processes and less off-task talking than in the standard one.


These data indicate that an interactive substance-abuse prevention program does not necessarily entail more off-task discussion but also does not necessarily guarantee more favorable program implementation.

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