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What Doesn’t Work, and Why?

JOY G. DRYFOOS

in Safe Passage

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195137859
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137859.003.0009
What Doesn’t Work, and Why?

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This chapter examines what doesn't work to ensure Safe Passage and tries to explain why such programs fail. An effective program has to provide evidence that the program has positively influenced behavior — lowered drug abuse, improved contraceptive use, or increased school achievement. After careful evaluation, certain programs were unable to prove that they had achieved their objectives, and a few were even proved to have exacerbated the behaviors of high-risk youth. Examples of popular programs that failed include Project Alert, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), and RESPECT among many others. The reasons why programs failed include lack of sufficient resources, poor replication, poor leadership, overselling, overloading, poor theory, and unrealistic expectations.

Keywords: failed programs; Project Alert; DARE; leadership; RESPECT; poor theory; overselling; overloading

Chapter.  7079 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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