Cover: Designing and Implementing Project ALERT

Designing and Implementing Project ALERT

A Smoking and Drug Prevention Experiment

Published 1988

by Phyllis L. Ellickson, Robert M. Bell, Margaret Ann Thomas, Abby Robyn, Gail L. Zellman


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This report describes the design and implementation of Project ALERT, a multisite, multiyear test of a smoking and drug prevention program for adolescents. Project ALERT, which is designed to curb adolescent drug use both by motivating youngsters to resist drugs and by helping them acquire the skills to do so, was implemented in 30 California and Oregon schools, beginning in 1984. This report outlines how the curriculum and the evaluation component were designed and implemented. In addition, the authors assess the soundness of their experimental design, determine whether the curriculum was carried out as intended, and gauge how well that curriculum was received in the classroom.

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