Study Finds Drug Prevention Program Curbs Elementary School Kids' Defiance - If Not Their Drug Use

Examining the effectiveness of a high-intensity drug use prevention program for high-risk youth

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School conducted a follow-up study of elementary school children who participated in the Early Risers "Skills for Success" drug-use prevention program.

Key Findings

  • Compared with other sixth-grade children, those who completed the program were significantly less likely to engage in "oppositional and defiant behavior," including arguing with adults, defying them or refusing to comply with their requests.

  • Drug use, however, was not significantly different in the two groups, but was lower than national averages.