Expanding the Focus for Educational Programmes in Drink Driving

Sheehan, Mary C. (2002) Expanding the Focus for Educational Programmes in Drink Driving. In Mayhew, Daniel R. & Dussault, Claude (Eds.) 16th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, T2002, 4-9 August, Montreal, Canada.


Over the past twenty years there has been a series of research based educational and rehabilitation initiatives used to reduce drink driving in Queensland, Australia. This conceptual paper examines the implications of the variety of different approaches to education and rehabilitation they have employed. It is proposed that there needs to be both clarity and selectivity in targeting programmes and new strategies and approaches to implementation in this problem area. Four research based statewide and regional programmes are examined which include two high school programmes, a rehabilitation programme and a prevention programme designed for a juvenile detention centre population. The programmes are analysed in terms of targets, theoretical and pedagogical models, evaluation outcomes and implementation and continuity constraints. The findings demonstrate outcome effectiveness for well-designed behaviour change programmes and the need for programme designers to determine their target group and to focus programmes on the target’s particular needs. It is possible to define a general school population and its need for knowledge, information and appropriate social skills however ensuring continuity for such programmes is a major problem. Evaluation findings also indicate that there may be very different theoretical paradigms required for effective programmes for those who already have involvement in drink driving and other criminal behaviours. Research and educational attention should move to selecting and trialing the types of theoretical paradigms and implementation strategies that are relevant for particular and diverse groups. Attention is drawn to the problems faced by model interventions in finding and establishing a continuing role in densely packed and dynamic school curricula and proposes possible alternative approaches. Finally, the very different situation of the programme poor environment of juvenile detention centres and the competing personal and developmental issues faced by these young persons is discussed.

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ID Code: 9882
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: drink driving, educational programmes, evaluation, theory
ISBN: 2-551-21592-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:43

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