The Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program: A Seventh‐Grade Health Curriculum Supplement

David M. Murray, Helen F. Roemhild, C. Anderson Johnson, Russell V. Luepker

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A seventh‐grade program based on social psychological theories attempted to prevent non‐smokers from starting to smoke. Two competing strategies, a Short‐Term Influences Curriculum and a Long‐Term Influences Curriculum were compared. Within these broad strategies, several other variables were also tested: the use of same age peer opinion leaders or health educators as teachers, the use of media supplements and the elicitation of a public commitment not to become a regular smoker. Program effectiveness was evaluated using self‐report measures confirmed by saliva thiocyanate analyses. The treatment groups were compared to a standard curriculum comparison group. 1981 American School Health Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-616
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1981


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