Literature Review

Initiative Description: A systematic review of the effectiveness of school-based health promotion programs was conducted for the domains of substance abuse, sexual behavior, and nutrition

Study Results: Five effective elements of school health promotion were found to be similar across the three behavioral domains examined (substance abuse, sexual behavior, nutrition). An integrative program that addresses the three domains seems feasible. The five elements are primary candidates to include in programs targeting these behaviors.

Reference: Peters, L. W., Kok, G., Ten Dam, G. T., Buijs, G. J., & Paulussen, T. G. (2009). Effective elements of school health promotion across behavioral domains: a systematic review of reviews. BMC public health, 9(1), 182.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good