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Survey methodology for studying substance use prevention programs in schools

According to the 1998 National Household Survey On Drug Abuse, almost 10 percent of youths in the United States between ages 12-17 used illicit drugs SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration11). In addition, 18 percent of 12-17 year olds were current cigarette users, over eight percent were current users of marijuana, and almost one percent of youths were reported to be current users of cocaine. These percentages demonstrate a need for continuous substance use prevention programs. Although such programs have existed in U. S. school systems for some time, their extent and prevalence have been unclear (Ringwalt et al.10; Kann et al.7). The School-Based Substance Use Prevention Programs Study (SSUPPS) is designed to study substance use prevention activities currently available in middle schools. In addition to a school sample component, SSUPPS includes a public school district component for those districts associated with the public school sample. This paper presents survey design methodology for obtaining statistically valid national estimates of substance use prevention programs among the conventional public and private middle schools in the United States. Also, presented is information on sample selection and sample weighting procedures.


Jones, S., Sutton, B., & Boyle, K. (2002). Survey methodology for studying substance use prevention programs in schools. In Y. P. Chaubey (Ed.), Recent Advances In Statistical Methods: Proceedings of Statistics 2001 Canada: The 4th Conference in Applied Statistics, Montreal, Canada, November 2002 (pp. 157-168). Imperial College Press. https://doi.org/10.1142/9781860949531_0013