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Effects of the Too Good for Drugs 2 Drug Prevention Program on Students' Use Intentions and Risk and Protective Factors

NCJ Number
Tina P. Bacon Ph.D.
Date Published
October 2000
39 pages
This study examined the effectiveness of the Too Good for Drugs II program on changing young people's substance use intentions, attitudes, and perceptions.
Findings from this study on the ability of the TGFD II (Too Good for Drugs II) program to impact young people's use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs include the following: immediately following participation in the program, TGFD II students reported 33 percent fewer intentions to smoke, 38 percent fewer intentions to drink alcohol, and 25 percent fewer intentions to use marijuana, compared to the control group; 20 weeks following completion, positive effects of the program continued to be observed with fewer TGFD II students indicating undesirable changes in their intentions to use tobacco, alcohol, and/or marijuana; and at program completion and at the 20-week follow up, TGFD II students reported positive perceptions of their peer resistance skills, more positive attitudes towards nondrug use, more knowledgeable perceptions of peer normative substance use, improved perceptions of peer disapproval of substance use, improved association with prosocial peers, and improved perceptions of locus of control/self-efficacy. Data for this study were obtained from survey questionnaires given to students in six middle schools in a large Florida school district following implementation of the TGFD II program. The findings from the study indicate that the TGFD II program is an effective method for positively impacting students' risk and protective factors associated with strengthening their abilities to make positive, health decisions. In addition, the program is effective at reducing young people's intentions to use alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Tables and references