Creating culturally grounded videos for substance abuse prevention

Lori K. Holleran, Leslie Reeves, Patricia Dustman, Flavio Marsiglia

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This article describes and critiques the pilot phase of a project in which an ethnically diverse group of students from a large southwestern urban high school created culturally based substance abuse prevention videos for urban middle school students. The rationale evolved from research that suggested that a peer-created, culturally-specific approach to drug abuse prevention would be more effective than would programming created by adults operating from a “so-called” culturally-neutral” perspective. The dual perspective of this article includes both the field experiment per se and the data collected, using a case study perspective. Overarching themes of culture and power are discussed, as are the elements of age and gender. Implications extending beyond the pilot offer insights for researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-78
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Culturally grounded
  • Prevention
  • Substance abuse
  • Video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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