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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of the effectiveness of school drug policy programs and potential implementation of drug testing
by Maguire, Richard K., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 159; 3510724
Abstract (Summary)

Juvenile drug use is a persistent problem that has negative effects not just the academic performance of students but also increases the likelihood of these students failing in life. Consequently, school officials in the United States have undertaken efforts to address this problem through the implementation of drug prevention programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education ( DARE) and Substance Abuse for Educators (SAFE) programs. The instrument was sent to 276 middle school students, 307 elementary students, but only 37 K-8 school administrators responded and were examined regarding these programs and analyzed how the years of experience and knowledge of drug education policy affects their perceptions of these programs. The study investigated perceptions of these school administrators on the implementation of random drug testing as a means to combat the problem of juvenile drug use. The results of the regression analysis indicated that the years of experience had a significant effect on the perceptions of the school administrators on the DARE but not on the SAFE program. The results of the regression analysis also indicated that the knowledge of drug education policy has no significant effect on the perception of the DARE and SAFE programs. Descriptive analysis revealed that these school administrators find the current used program to be effective and the response to implementing random drug testing in schools was not positive. The perception of the school officials are instrumental in shaping drug policy in the education sector and can affect the formulation of policies to address the problems created by juvenile drug use.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Aitken, Florence
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Management, Health education, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Drug policy, Drug testing, Leadership, Moustakas, Clark E., Perception, Program implementation
Publication Number: 3510724
ISBN: 978-1-267-34736-7
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