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Midwestern Prevention Project (Project STAR)

University of Southern California
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 8
Alhambra, CA 91803

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Contact Information:
Mary Ann Pentz, PhD
Director
626.457.6687
pentz@usc.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Urban
Suburban

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Midwestern Prevention Project (MPP), also known as Project STAR, is a comprehensive, community-based, multifaceted program for adolescent drug abuse prevention that targets the entire population of middle school students. Its ultimate goal is to prevent or reduce gateway substance use (alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana). MPP strives to help youths recognize the tremendous social pressures to use drugs and provides skills in how to avoid drug use. The project first offers a series of classroom-based sessions for the school program during middle school that continues with efforts for parents and the community, and through the media.

Program Descriptors Include:
Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The program was evaluated through longitudinal quasi-experimental studies in several locations. Results demonstrated for program youths, compared with control youths, included the following: reductions in smoking and alcohol and marijuana use in middle school, significant reductions in daily smoking and in marijuana use in high school, some effects on daily smoking, heavy marijuana use, and some hard drug use through early adulthood (age 23.)

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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