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Too Good for Drugs
 
Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) is an evidence based, classroom prevention program for Kindergarten through 12th grade that builds on students' resiliency by teaching them how to be socially competent and autonomous problem solvers. The program is designed to benefit everyone in the school by providing needed education in social and emotional competencies and by reducing risk factors and building protective factors that affect students in these age groups. TGFD focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures, goal setting, decision making, bonding with others, having respect for self and others, managing emotions, effective communication, and social interactions. The program also provides information about the negative consequences of drug use and the benefits of a nonviolent, drug-free lifestyle. TGFD has developmentally appropriate curricula for each grade level through 8th grade, with a separate high school curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12.  For more information on the Too Good for Drugs program, please visit the Mendez Foundation website, located here.

The following table represents the most recent analysis of the Too Good for Drugs Program.  Social skill areas that are marked in blue are those where program participants showed statistically significant gains over control students.

2012/2013 Too Good for Drugs Analysis

Scale Control Estimate (n) Experimental Estimate (n) Correct Direction P-Value Effect Size (d)
Attitude Toward Drug Use 27.72 (443) 28.04 (388) Yes p = .079 d = .122
Prosocial Peers 14.46 (440) 14.25 (388) No p = .057 N/A
Harmful Effects 11.21 (441) 12.21 (387) Yes p < .001* d = .407
Perceived Peer Norms 12.34 (442) 12.40 (386) Yes p = .735 d = .024
Peer Disapproval of Substance Use 12.33 (439) 12.27 (385) No p = .765 N/A
Social and Resistance Skills 15.04 (440) 16.60 (386) Yes p < .001* d = .553
Emotional Competency/Self Efficacy 20.55 (440) 21.68 (387) Yes p < .001* d = .387
Intentions to Use 13.34 (439) 13.86 (385) Yes p = .010* d = .181

* p < .05

The results for the Too Good for Drugs Program were  very positive.  In six of the eight measured social skills areas, students receiving the program scored higher than control students, four of which was statistically significant.  During the 2012/2013 school year, the Too Good for Drugs Program was delivered through WNY United to over 1,500 students in the Buffalo Public Schools and surrounding districts

 

 
 

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