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


  • Ana Balsa
  • Nestor Gandelman
  • Rafael Porzecanski


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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  • Ana Balsa & Nestor Gandelman & Rafael Porzecanski, 2010. "The Impact of ICT on Adolescents' Perceptions and Consumption of Substances," Research Department Publications 4692, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4692

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    1. Gruber, Jonathan, 1994. "The Incidence of Mandated Maternity Benefits," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(3), pages 622-641, June.
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    1. Marianne Bernatzky & José María Cabrera & Alejandro Cid, "undated". "Regular Information and Health: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Undergraduate Students," Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers 1501, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo..
    2. Patrizia Faustini & Dorothea Kleine & Sammia Poveda & David Hollow, 2014. "Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges," Papers innins715, Innocenti Insights.
    3. Néstor Gandelman & Ana Balsa & Nicolás González, 2012. "Peer Effects in Risk Aversion," Development Research Working Paper Series 11/2012, Institute for Advanced Development Studies.
    4. 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..
    5. Ana I. Balsa & Néstor Gandelman & Nicolás Gonzalez, 2012. "Peer Effects in Risk Aversion," Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers 1205, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo..

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    Randomized trial; Drugs; Smoking; Alcohol;

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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