McBride, N., Midford, R. and Farringdon, F. (2000). Alcohol harm reduction education in schools: Planning an efficacy study in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 19, (1), pp. 83-93. [RJ284]
The School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) is a four year, quasi-experimental, evidence-based intervention research study designed to explore the effects of a student focused, secondary school, alcohol education intervention in reducing alcohol-related harm experienced by school students. The SHAHRP study is unusual in that it has a primary aim of harm minimisation rather than non-use or delayed use. The SHAHRP intervention aims to reduce harm by enhancing students' abilities to identify and deal with high risk drinking situations particularly likely to be encountered by young people. The intervention involves eight lessons in the first year with five booster lessons in the subsequent year. The SHAHRP research will follow individual students exposed to both the alcohol and health promotion interventions, over three successive years taking measures in: knowledge; attitudes; patterns of use; context of use; alcohol related harm associated with the students own use; alcohol related harm associated with other peoples use of alcohol. This paper describes the evidence-based conceptual components and design of the study by providing a review of the health and drug education literature particularly related to components that have the potential of influencing behaviour.
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