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Research Article

Effectiveness of an Alcohol Use Prevention Program for Low-Income Youths in Gangneung, South Korea

Sang-A Kim1, Woong-Sub Park2, In Han Song3*
1Department of Silver Welfare, Dong Seoul College, Seongnam, Republic of Korea
2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, Kwandong University, Gangneung, Republic of Korea
3Graduate School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
*Corresponding Author : In Han Song
Graduate School of Social Welfare
Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 15, 2016; Accepted: February 04, 2016; Published: February 06, 2016
Citation: Kim SA, Park WS, Song IH (2016) Effectiveness of an Alcohol Use Prevention Program for Low-Income Youths in Gangneung, South Korea. J Health Edu Res Dev 4:155. doi:10.4172/2380-5439.1000155
Copyright: © 2016 Kim SA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The study is to examine the effectiveness of an alcohol use prevention program to reduce the risk of drinking among low-income youth. In order to explore the effectiveness of alcohol use prevention program, elementary school students from low-income families were divided into intervention and comparison groups. The program was carried out with 328 elementary school students attending after-school programs at the community youth centers located in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea. After completing the program, the alcohol expectancy score (p<0.001) was significantly lowered in the intervention group, while there was no significant change in the comparison group. The results showed that the moderating effects of grade group (p=0.04) and self-assertiveness (p=0.03) were significant on the relationship between the program and the scores of alcohol expectancy after controlling for gender, age, and self-assertiveness. Based on these findings, this study suggests for considering youths’ age group and their self-assertiveness in planning and implementing alcohol use prevention programs for them.


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