CHANGING OF VIEWS OF STUDENTS TOWARD ADDICTION BY DRUG ABUSERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
 
Younesi, S. J., University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran
 
A group of high schools' students attended in 7 learning sessions for preventive drug abusing. The students exposed to drug abusers and their families. Drug abusers and their families informed the subjects about consequences of addiction in their life. Drug abusers and their families described for students: how they addicted and how the addiction worsened their social life. Each session took about 70 minutes and the students were allowed to ask some questions about addiction from drug abusers and their families. The results of pre test and post test of students' views toward addiction showed significant differences between the students' views before and after attending in those sessions (P(./01). So their views became more negative than before attending the sessions. The results were interpreted through social comparison (downward) [Lockwood 2000] theory.