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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Rural Sociology

First Advisor

Robert Mendelsohn


Using the theoretical underpinnings of Control Theory by Hirschi (1969), and later broadened by Reckless's Containment Theory (1973), this study examines the longitudinal effects of DARE in an upper midwestern state upon young adolescent drug -related attitudes and behaviors. The results suggest a complex set of outcome relative to the original mission of DARE. According to the results, while its short-term influence appears to have positive outcomes, DARE's long-range mission, longitudinal positive effects on student attitudes, were not demonstrated. DARE appears to have no substantial lasting influence. The study concludes that there are many variables that may affect students' attitudes, commitment and involvement in relation to the stated mission areas of the DARE program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Drug abuse -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Evaluation
Drug abuse -- Prevention -- Evaluation
Control theory
Children -- Attitudes -- Longitudinal studies




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