Prevention through Alternative Learning Styles (PALS) is a school-based prevention program for middle school students. Teachers or PALS staff members lead students through five units, presented in ten lessons, which cover the following topics: learning styles and differences, effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs on the brain and body, peer pressure, and healthy choices. A supplemental website provides additional lessons and a peer mentoring program with interaction games and presentations. The overall goals are (1) reducing intentions to use substances, (2) increasing students’ use of refusal skills, and (3) enhancing students’ knowledge of the effects of ATOD, peer pressure and healthy decision-making, and different learning styles.
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