Service learning as a prevention strategy for alcohol use among adolescents
Results: Using the YRBS tool developed by the Center for Disease Control, we looked at community service and alcohol use questions to assess relationships between service learning and alcohol use. Logistic regression analysis, reported that after adjusting for sex, age and ethnicity adolescents who engaged in 1 hour or more of community service per month were less likely to use alcohol (OR = 0.85, 0.89, 0.84 and 0.85) in each state respectively.
Conclusions: The analysis indicates that there is a significant relationship between service learning and alcohol use, after controlling for demographic variables. Students who engage in one hour or more of community service per month are less likely to engage in alcohol use behaviors.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify effective prevention strategies for substance use among adolescents. Define the link between service learning and alcohol use. Discuss service learning as a prevention strategy for alcohol use.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have have taught in schools systems nationally and internationally for five years and have worked extensively with youth for the past ten years. I have a Master's of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education and am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Education and Promotion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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