Journal article

Promoting social inclusion in schools: A group-randomized trial of effects on student health risk behavior and well-being

George C Patton, Lyndal Bond, John B Carlin, Lyndal Thomas, Helen Butler, Sara Glover, Richard Catalano, Glenn Bowes

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | AMER PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We sought to test the efficacy of an intervention that was designed to promote social inclusion and commitment to education, in reducing among students health risk behaviors and improving emotional well-being. METHODS: The design was a cluster-randomized trial in 25 secondary schools in Victoria, Australia. The subjects were 8th-grade students (aged 13 to 14 y) in 1997 (n=2545) and subsequent 8th-grade students in 1999 (n=2586) and 2001 (n=2463). The main outcomes were recent substance use, antisocial behavior, initiation of sexual intercourse, and depressive symptoms. RESULTS: At 4-year follow-up, the prevalence of marked health risk behaviors was approximately 20% in schools in..

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