Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF SHAHID SADOUGHI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH SERVICES   2010 , Volume 18 , Number HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR CONFERENCE (SUPPLEMENT 3); Page(s) 191 To 198.
 
Paper: 

EFFECTS OF COMMUNITY BASED EDUCATIONAL PREVENTION PROGRAM OF DRUG ABUSE IN REDUCTION OF HIGH RISK BEHAVIOR

 
 
Author(s):  YAZDANPANAH B., SAFARI M.*, YOSEFI M., ANGHA P., HABIBIAN M., ZANDI K., ARANPOUR H.
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: Overcoming social problems requires a participatory approach. This study was performed in order to determine the effect of community based educational prevention program of drug abuse in reduction of high risk behavior.
Methods: This study was a community based participatory research. According to planned approach to community health model, "the health companion group" was established with participation of public representatives of villages, researchers, and managers of health sectors. Need assessment and priority setting of health problems was done. Drug abuse was selected as the topmost priority of health problems. By interviewing 10 year olds and older members of households, the questionnaires were completed. By conducting workshops, distributing educational pamphlets and face to face training for six months, the educational program was carried out. After this period, the study population was interviewed again. Data was analyzed by SPSS software, X2, and T tests.
Results: The mean score of drug abuse related high risk behavior was 26.8
±2.05 before educational program and 25.2±2.3 after the program. The mean score of psychological health was 26.2±5.8 before educational program and 26.4±5.7 after the program. The rate of negative drug abusing related behavior decreased and positive behavior increased after the educational program.
Conclusion: The community based participatory research with participation of the public can be a proper pattern to prevent drug abuse and related high risk behaviors and as a result reduce costs and complications of this problem.

 
Keyword(s): COMMUNITY, HEALTH PLANNING, RISK REDUCTION BEHAVIOR
 
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