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Field assessment of social learning approach to teaching adolescents about alcohol and driving
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    DOT-HS-807-119 ; NTIS-PB87208302 ;
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    Scanned by Ecompex on April 13 2007

    This report discusses the development and test of a comprehensive intervention program for teaching adolescents about alcohol and its effect on driving. It examines such influences on adolescent drinking as parents and peers, environmental factors, psychological variables, and adolescents' attitudes toward drinking, and elaborates on the consequences of adolescent problem drinking. The effectiveness of alcohol educational programs are discussed and rationales presented for the use of a proven educational technique entitled "Teams-Games-Tournaments" (TGT). The technique is based on the use of peers as teachers and reinforcers of appropriate behavior. The components of an alcohol educational program utilizing this technique are elucidated. Data suggest that the TGT intervention was successful in teaching adolescents about alcohol, a subject which is espoused to be of great importance but struggled with in terms of its presentation. Self-reports of TGT groups showed a lowered consumption of alcohol, a positive change in attitudes toward drinking and driving, and the acquisition of alternative behaviors for avoiding driving after drinking too much. One- and two-year follow-up data indicate that the TGT students maintained previous positive changes while the traditional and no instruction groups showed little or no change. The report concludes with a discussion of the implementation and evaluation of the comprehensive program, and issues in the maintenance of knowledge are briefly elaborated. /Abstract from report summary page/

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