The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4234.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 4:30 PM

Abstract #46543

(SESSION) School-based substance use prevention programs study: Findings about fidelity of implementation

Chris Ringwalt, DrPH, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 1229 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Susan T. Ennett, PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB#7440 Rosenau Hall, School of Public Health-UNC CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7440, and Amy Vincus, MPH, Health, Social, and Economic Research, Research Triangle Institute, 3040 Cornwallis Rd, PO Box 12194, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194, (919) 541-7267,

SESSION ABSTRACT School-based substance use prevention programs study: Findings about fidelity of implementation

In this session, we present three papers that discuss various aspects of fidelity of implementation of substance abuse prevention curricula in US middle schools; these paper titles are as follows: (1) Factors associated with fidelity to substance use prevention curriculum guides in the nationís middle schools; (2) Quality of implementation of evidence-based substance use prevention programs; and, (3) Qualitative findings about the adoption and implementation of substance use prevention curricula in middle schools. The first two papers are based on data from a nationally representative sample of middle school prevention teachers; the third paper focuses on qualitative data collected from 12 schools that participated in the national study.

Our first paper concerns factors related to the fidelity with which substance use prevention teachers are adhering to curricula guides. We continue with a presentation of correlates of the use of best practices among teachers who use evidence-based programs. Our final presentation highlights findings from a case study of the adoption and implementation of these prevention curricula, with an emphasis on Project ALERT. Each paper presentation is expected to be 20 minutes in length with 30 minutes for discussion at the end of the three presentations.

Contact person for the session: Amy Vincus ( or 919-541-7267)


Learning Objectives: At the close of the overall session, attendees will be able to

Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, School-Based Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

School-Based Substance Use Prevention Programs Study: Findings about Fidelity of Implementation

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA