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Author Huang, S., F.; Zheng, W., L.; Liao, J., Y.; Huang, C., M.; Lin, T.,Y.; Guo, J., L.
Title The effectiveness of a theory-based drama intervention in preventing illegal drug use among students aged 14–15 years in Taiwan.

Huang, S. F., Zheng, W. L., Liao, J. Y., Huang, C. M., Lin, T. Y., & Guo, J. L. (2018). The effectiveness of a theory-based drama intervention in preventing illegal drug use among students aged 14–15 years in Taiwan. Health Education Journal, 77(4), 470-481.

Keywords adolescents; drama in education (DIE); drug prevention; Taiwan; theory of planned behaviour
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Abstract Age of initiation of drug use is closely associated with the risk of developing drug dependence or abuse. Effective programmes are needed to prevent adolescents from using drugs at an early age. The aim of this intervention programme was to prevent adolescents from using illegal drugs by using drama in education (DIE) to convey a universal prevention strategy.

Metodology The intervention programme comprised six sessions of 45minutes each and was implemented over six consecutive weeks. Each session of the intervention programme began with a warm-up activity lasting 3–5minutes, followed by drama activities, the conclusion and reflection. The programme was developed on a prior programme that combined the TPB with life skills (Guo et al., 2015; Huang et al., 2012). We set the learning objectives and drama activities (including enactment, reenactment, role playing, acting the dialogue and scenarios) in each session by integrating different components of life skills. The content validity of the teaching materials was reviewed by two professors of health education specialised in drugs education and prevention, and by two DIE professionals. The teacher who conducted the intervention received 10-hours training. The training components included the rationale for the programme, the procedure/protocol for conducting the programme, implementation of DIE and required skills for guiding students to complete the DIE activities, such as reflecting.

Findings GEE analysis revealed that the experimental group showed significant improvements in attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioural control and drug-free intentions compared with counterparts in the comparison group. Student feedback indicated that DIE method can contribute to the prevention of illegal drug use. Applying DIE method to a theory-based drug prevention programme offers a promising way of increasing the intention to not use illegal drugs among students aged 14–15 years.
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DOI 10.1177/0017896918768647
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Technique Questionnaire; Quasi-experimental design; TPB scale; Content validity index; GEE; DIE method
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