The Impact of ICT on Adolescents' Perceptions and Consumption of Substances
AbstractThis 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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Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Randomized trial; Drugs; Smoking; Alcohol;
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