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The Impact of ICT on Adolescents' Perceptions and Consumption of Substances

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  • Ana Balsa
  • Nestor Gandelman
  • Rafael Porzecanski

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This paper reports the results of a three-month randomized controlled trial to estimate the impact of an Internet and mobile telephone short message service (SMS) intervention on adolescents’ information about substances and rates of consumption. A low percentage of participants logged on to the Web platform, but most participants were reached through e-mails and SMS. It is found that the intervention was able to affect awareness that certain substances are drugs, but no significant changes in consumption habits were found.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4692.

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Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4692

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Keywords: Randomized trial; Drugs; Smoking; Alcohol;

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  1. Ana I. Balsa & Néstor Gandelman & Diego Lamé, 2011. "Lessons from participation in a web-based substance use preventive program in Uruguay," Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers 1104, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo..
  2. Dorothea Kleine & David Hollow & Sammia Poveda & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2014. "Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges," Innocenti Insight innins715, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre.

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