Educational or Curriculum

Keepin´ it real

Initiative Description: Adapted versions of an evidence-based prevention program, keepin’ it REAL (kiR), with alternative school students. Programs are often adapted when used in schools and other community settings for a variety of reasons. The kiR adaptations, developed during an earlier phase of this study, were created to make the curriculum more appropriate for alternative high school youth. In each of the alternative schools, groups of students conceptualized, scripted, acted and filmed four drug prevention videos, one for each refusal skill. Modules of the curriculum were condensed into six weekly sessions that were 60 to 90 minutes in length. Students participating in the curriculum also participated in a focus group immediately after completing the curriculum

Study Results: Decreased alcohol consumption & use intentions.

Reference: Hopson, L. M., & Holleran Steiker, L. K. (2010). The effectiveness of adapted versions of an evidence-based prevention program in reducing alcohol use among alternative school students. Children & Schools, 32(2), 81–92.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good