Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceived Needs of Safe and Drug Free School Coordinators

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceived Needs of Safe and Drug Free School Coordinators

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Keith A. King and Don I. Wagner University of Cincinnati, and Bonnie Hedricks, Ohio Prevention and Education Resource Center

Under Title IV of the Improving America's Schools Act, state education agencies, governors' offices, and local education agencies can receive funds for drug and violence prevention programs. These programs may include drug prevention education, counseling, rehabilitation referral, or integrating the delivery of services. Safe and drug free school coordinators (SDFGs) are the individuals encouraged by prevention specialists to take the lead in implementing such activities. The present study was conducted to determine SDFGs' perceived needs and potential restraints to improving their safe and drug free programs. A four page questionnaire, cover letter explaining the purpose of the study, and a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) was mailed to all SDFCs in the state. Two weeks later, another questionnaire, cover letter, and SASE was mailed. Results found that of the 298 SDFCs who responded, most were white (88%), female (71%), over the age of 40 years (72%), and possessing a master's degree (56%). Most worked at either a rural (43%) or suburban (40%) school. Lack of time, poor parental attitudes, and lack of school personnel support were the most strongly agreed upon restraints to improving their safe and drug free school program. …

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