Impact of the life skills training curriculum on middle school students tobacco use in marion county, Indiana, 1997-2000

Terrell W. Zollinger, Robert M. Saywell, Carolyn M. Muegge, J. Scott Wooldridge, Sandra F. Cummings, Virginia A. Caine

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    Abstract

    Evaluation of school-based tobacco prevention and control programs have yielded mixed results. This study assessed the impact of the Life Skills Training curriculum on Marion County, Ind., middle school students' knowledge, attitudes, and ability to make good lifestyle decisions. From 1997 to 2000, students in grades six to eight in the study schools received the Life Skills Training curriculum. Survey data (n = 1,598) were used to compare tobacco use behavior, attitudes, and knowledge of those exposed with those not exposed to the program. Of the students surveyed, 12.5% were currently smoking. There were significantly fewer current smokers, and more students exposed to the program indicated they intended to stay smoke-free. Fewer of those participating in the program "hung out" with smokers and more said they could easily refuse a cigarette if offered one. Students completing the Life Skills Training curriculum were more knowledgeable about the health effects of smoking. Program effects were different for male and female students as well as for White and Black students.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)338-346
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of School Health
    Volume73
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 2003

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    • Philosophy
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Zollinger, T. W., Saywell, R. M., Muegge, C. M., Scott Wooldridge, J., Cummings, S. F., & Caine, V. A. (2003). Impact of the life skills training curriculum on middle school students tobacco use in marion county, Indiana, 1997-2000. Journal of School Health, 73(9), 338-346. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2003.tb04190.x