Strategies to prevent (STOP) substance use: a website for adolescents in Hawaii

Nigg, Claudio R.; Phu, Tatiana; Mnich, Carina (2020). Strategies to prevent (STOP) substance use: a website for adolescents in Hawaii. Journal of substance use, 25(1), pp. 88-94. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/14659891.2019.1664659

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Background: Adolescent substance use is a global and local (Hawaii) problem. Therefore, the study goal was to develop and investigate the effect of an adolescent substance use prevention intervention website in Hawaii.

Methods: A website was developed including drug overviews, health effects, how to stay away, external prevention and treatment resources, and an evaluation. Three grade 11 classes completed a baseline (T1) survey based on website content and a follow-up (T2) assessment after a 15-minute website interaction.

Results: At T1, 63/72 and at T2, 62 students participated (16–17 years old; 92% female; 87.2% Filipino). The number correct increased from 48.0% (SD = 14.5) at T1 to 82.0% (SD = 15.3) at T2 (t(59) = 13.5, p < .001). Eleven of twelve topics improved (p < .5) which addressed mental disorder drug use, workplace meth-use in Hawaii, Americans in need of drug/alcohol treatment, stimulant drugs, side effects of drugs, drug related domestic/child abuse, short-term drug effects, Hawaii and national methuse, chemicals in drugs, how to stay away, and ways of treatment.

Conclusions: Adolescents improved their substance use prevention understanding. This is promising considering the brief, inexpensive, potentially scalable intervention which can be implemented within high school curricula.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Health Science

UniBE Contributor:

Nigg, Claudio Renato


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Taylor & Francis




Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

08 Feb 2021 14:53

Last Modified:

08 Feb 2021 14:53

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Substance use, prevention, website, adolescents




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