School drug testing: A critical review of the literature

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This chapter explores the question of whether school drug testing is an effective solution to tackle adolescent substance abuse problem. Research studies in major academic databases and the Internet websites are reviewed. Several observations are highlighted from the review: a) there are few research studies in this area, particularly in different Chinese contexts; b) the quality of the existing studies was generally low; and c) research findings supporting the effectiveness of school drug testing were mixed. Methodological issues underlying quantitative and qualitative evaluation studies of the effectiveness of school drug testing are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrug Abuse in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Evaluation of a Prevention Program
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781613244913
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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