An Evaluation of the Drug Resistance Project: A Comparison of Film Versus Live Performance Media

Michael L. Hecht, Steven R. Corman, Michelle Miller-Rassulo

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We provided a test of the Drug Resistance Strategies Project skills training. Four conditions ' film and live performances, with and without postperformance discussions-and one control condition were compared as media for drug-training intervention. The performances used as stimuli for this study were created from interviews with teens who described drug resistance experiences. Content analyses of these interviews resulted in the REAL system for refusal: refuse, explain, avoid, and leave. Results indicate that both film and live performances were effective in decreasing self-reported use of drugs other than alcohol over a 1-month period. Discussion did not detract from training effectiveness and may have marginally improved the process by influencing other factors that mediate use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication

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