Journal article

A cross-national comparison of school drug policies in Washington State, United States, and Victoria, Australia

JM Beyers, T Evans-Whipp, M Mathers, JW Toumbourou, RF Catalano

JOURNAL OF SCHOOL HEALTH | AMER SCHOOL HEALTH ASSOC | Published : 2005

Abstract

Using mail survey data collected from primary and secondary school administrators in Washington State, United States, and in Victoria, Australia, this study compared aspects of the school drug policy environment in the 2 states. Documented substance-use policies were prevalent in Washington and Victoria but less prevalent.in primary schools, especially in Victoria. Victorian school policy-setting processes were significantly more likely to involve teachers, parents, and students than processes in Washington schools. Consistent with expectations based on their respective national drug policy frameworks, school drug policies in Washington schools were more oriented toward total abstinence and ..

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