Using PANDA (Preventing the Abuse of Tobacco, Narcotics, Drugs, and Alcohol) in a Baltimore City Head Start Setting: A Preliminary Study

Harolyn M E Belcher, Paula J. Lockhart, Susan Perkins-Parks, Margaret Mcnally

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Abstract

This preliminary study describes an evaluation of a substance abuse prevention curriculum, the Preventing the Abuse of Tobacco, Narcotics, Drugs, and Alcohol (PANDA) taught to African American Head Start pupils. Protective factors against drug use include positive self-concept. Thus, this study used a measure of self-concept to begin to evaluate the effectiveness of the PANDA curriculum. A prospective cohort design with examiners masked to pre-and post-intervention results was used to evaluate 41 children ages 3 to 5. The Joseph Preschool and Primary Self-Concept Screening Test (JPPSST) was administered prior to the onset of the PANDA and within 1 month following completion of the curriculum. The mean change in JPPSST scores was 4.34, t statistic = 6.1, p ≤0.001. Mean teacher and teacher aide satisfaction with the curriculum was 94%. Following administration of the PANDA, significant improvement was noted in self-concept scores.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages437-449
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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Opioid-Related Disorders
Baltimore
Self Concept
Tobacco
Alcohols
Pharmaceutical Preparations
nicotine
abuse
alcohol
drug
Curriculum
self-concept
curriculum
teacher
Pupil
African Americans
Substance-Related Disorders
Protective Factors
examiner
substance abuse

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  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology

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