Effects of a school-based substance use prevention program on students in Malaysia

Tan, Renee Huey Jing and Yee, Anne and Sulaiman, Ahmad Hatim and Said, Mas Ayu and Danaee, Mahmoud and Lua, Ahai Chang (2018) Effects of a school-based substance use prevention program on students in Malaysia. Journal of Health and Translational Medicine, 21 (1). pp. 40-46. ISSN 1823-7339,

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Background: The rise in substance-use-related problems among Malaysian adolescents called for a study to assess the efficacy of an anti-drug educational program to improve the knowledge, attitude and perception (KAP) of Malaysian students regarding substance use. Methods: This study involved 573 students from four Malaysian Chinese schools in Malacca. Each student filled out a Likert-scale mandarin translated questionnaire (KAP-C) on substance use (Pre-test). Following an educational program on substance use, the KAP-C questionnaire was given again to the students, immediately following the program (PT 1), and after a month (PT 2) and two months (PT3) of the programme. Results: The students showed improvement in knowledge of the types of substance use in PT 1 (p<0.001), PT 2 (p<0.001) and PT 3 (p<0.001). The study also showed persistent changes in their attitude towards drug treatment strategies at two months following the program (p < 0.05). Changes were also noted in their attitudes towards harm reduction strategies. Perceptions towards the substance-related problems changed following the module (p=0.001), and remained even after two months (p<0.001). Conclusion: This module effectively changed the KAP of students on substance use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anti-drug education; Attitudes and perceptions of substance use (KAP); Knowledge
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Academic Enhancement and Leadership Development Centre (Adec)
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 07:54
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 07:54
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20894

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