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Program Domowych Detektywow

Quality level: 3

Summary

Program Domowych Detektywow is the Polish version of the US programme The Slick Tracy Home Team Program. The program aims to prevent under-age drinking and consists of five teacher- and peer-led sessions combined with parent-child activities to be undertaken at home.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
universal
Setting:
family, school
Type of approach:
community involvement, peer
Target group:
general population, family/parents, children/young people
Age group:
10-12-years old students, in poland attending 4-th or 5-th grade of primary school
Annual coverage:
10000
Substances addressed:
alcohol
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Poland
Start date:
06/10/1999
End date:

Overall objective

The program aims to prevent under-age drinking among 10-12 year olds by facilitating parent-child communication about alcohol, establising family rules to deal with drinking and strengthen other protective factors (resistance skills, peer norms, age appropriate alcohol-related knowledge).

Abstract

Program Domowych Detektywow is the Polish version of the US programme The Slick Tracy Home Team Program. The Polish version is the result of cultural adaptation of the programme including adapting the US teaching material, a pilot study focusing on cross-cultural adaptation of the programme and an outcome evaluation. The program aims to prevent under-age drinking and consists of five teacher- and peer-led sessions combined with parent-child activities to be undertaken at home. Four booklets, one to be worked through each week, provide information on under-age drinking, alcohol advertising and modelling, peer pressure and the consequences of alcohol consumption. The activities in the booklets are designed to facilitate parent-child communication about alcohol and other substance use and to establish effective family rules to deal with under-age drinking. Elected peer leaders, trained by their teachers, introduce each booklet to their classmates and encourage them to participate with their parents in the activities. Pupils receive small incentives, such as sweets, markers or pens, to encourage their active participation. At the end of the programme, a family evening is organised where pupils present posters to their parents and participate in other fun activities. The entire programme requires about 12 weeks to complete. The results of the first evaluation focused on immediate outcomes confirmed programme effectiveness in terms of decreasing students' alcohol use and intention to drink, increasing parent-child communication about the effects of both alcohol and cigarette use, and increasing age-appropriate knowledge. The results of the second evaluation focused on delayed outcomes (4-month follow-up) confirmed programme effectiveness in terms of increasing students' appropriate knowledge and strengthening their desirable attitudes. Routine implementation of the programme began in the 1999 to 2000 school year and included producing materials, promoting the initiative and teacher training. Since then on average about 10.000 of 10-12 years old students and their parents participate in this programme on an annual basis.

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