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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Aug;67(4):590-3.

Project DARE: no effects at 10-year follow-up.

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Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40506, USA. DLYNA1@POP.UKY.EDU


The present study examined the impact of Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a widespread drug-prevention program, 10 years after administration. A total of 1,002 individuals who in 6th grade had either received DARE or a standard drug-education curriculum, were reevaluated at age 20. Few differences were found between the 2 groups in terms of actual drug use, drug attitudes, or self-esteem, and in no case did the DARE group have a more successful outcome than the comparison group. Possible reasons why DARE remains so popular, despite the lack of documented efficacy, are offered.

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