Perceptions of High School Student Athletes and Non-Athletes, Teachers, and Administrators Relevant to the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Policy: A Case Study Public Deposited

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  • In public high schools, drug and alcohol prevention programs and policies have been ineffective in their deterrence of drug and alcohol use and abuse (Skager R., 2007). It is important to consider the needs of students and to create an effective, student centered drug and alcohol prevention program and policy. This study evaluated the perceived extent of drug and alcohol use and abuse from the perspectives of students and faculty members in a selected high school in the Pacific Northwest, as well as created guidelines for a drug and alcohol prevention program and policy that could eventually be implemented at the high school level. Anonymous surveys and interviews were used to gather data for this thesis. Fifty-seven students responded to seventeen statements on the student survey. Nine faculty members participated in short interviews. Some of the findings from this study include, but are not limited to: schools must provide a positive environment that students care about, so that it is easier for students to invest their energy into genuine, positive alternatives that can replace the desire to use and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol; and the cost of employing a school resource officer and a specialized drug and alcohol counselor to work together to reduce the occurrences of substance use and abuse would be significantly mitigated by the impact generated by maintaining a school environment of frank, clear education, minimized use of drugs and alcohol, and appropriate punishment. Future studies should focus on: the effectiveness of parent and student drug and alcohol prevention programs; and the effectiveness of alternative consequences to suspensions and expulsions.
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