Educational or Curriculum

Unplugged Program

Initiative Description: 12 units (45 min lessons) aggregated in three blocks. The first part (units 1–4) deals mainly with adolescents’ knowledge on tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. The second part (units 5–8) deals with social skills (effective communication, interpersonal relationship skills, self awareness). This set of lessons includes normative education to correct misperceptions on prevalence and social acceptance of substance use. The final part (units 9–12) deals with strengthening intrapersonal skills.

Study Results: While the school-based smoking prevention intervention was effective for middle school aged youths, results indicate that additional efforts are needed to prevent the escalation of smoking among adolescent females. Sex specific messages may be needed.

Reference: Gabrheik, R. , Duncan, A., Lee, M.H., Stastna, L., Furr-Holden, C.D., Miovsky, M. (2012) Sex specific trajectories in cigarette smoking behaviors among students participating in the unplugged school-based randomized control trial for substance use prevention. Addictive Behaviors, 37 (10), 1145-1150.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good