Youth Substance Use Prevention Using Disciplinary Literacy Strategies: A Pilot Study

Eunhee Park, Bong Gee Jang

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Effective health education programs for adolescent substance use prevention need to be developed. However, the evidence supporting the use of specific instructional strategies for youth substance use prevention programs is insufficient. The purpose of this study was to develop and implement a community-based program aiming for smoking, alcohol, and substance use prevention based on multiple disciplinary literacy strategies. A one-group pretest-And-posttest comparison design was used to test the feasibility of the new substance use prevention program. Thirty-Two adolescents, most from families with minority and low-socioeconomic status backgrounds, participated. The group met for a 1-hour session once a week for 10 weeks. The program was implemented in a suburban setting in a southeastern state in the United States. Pretests and posttests were administered to assess the program's effectiveness in improving participants' knowledge, skills, and assets regarding substance use. Overall, the participants were satisfied with the program and reported significant growth in their knowledge, skills, assets, and perceptions of benefits. These findings suggest that disciplinary literacy strategies may promote adolescents' perceptions of and knowledge regarding substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Addictions Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Adolescent Health
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Health Education
  • Health Literacy
  • Substance Prevention
  • Substance Use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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