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The “I’m Special” program (ISP)

Initiative Description: A nine-session, one-session-per-week program implemented for about 45-50 minutes per session for a period of nine weeks during a regular school semester directed to fourth graders. ISP directs its focus to the development not only of the child’s sense of uniqueness and self-worth but to the healthy social skills and effective group cooperation skills

Study Results: Improved knowledge and attitudes regarding substance use.

Reference: Kim, S., McLeod, J., & Palmgren, C. L. (1989). The impact of the “I’M Special” program on student substance abuse and other related student problem behavior. Journal of Drug Education, 19(1), 83–93. https://doi.org/10.2190/RTR1-5J5U-1D56-C1G5.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good