ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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The Effect of Turkish Green Crescent Society APTP Program on Students’ Knowledge and Emotional Awareness about Tobacco, Alcohol, Drug, and Technology Addiction


Department of Psychology, İbn Haldun University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Educational Sciences, Hasan Kalyoncu University, School of Education, Gaziantep, Turkey


Department of Psychology, Hasan Kalyoncu University School of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Gaziantep, Turkey


General Director, Turkish Green Crescent


Department of Educational Sciences, İstanbul Medeniyet University, School of Education Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Educational Sciences, Çankırı Karatekin University School of Letters, Çankırı, Turkey


Department of Educational Sciences, Kastamonu University School of Education, Kastamonu, Turkey


Department of Educational Sciences, Muş Alparslan University School of Education, Muş, Turkey

Addicta 2020; 7: 180-198
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2020.20020
Read: 388 Downloads: 220 Published: 30 September 2020

This study aimed to test the effectiveness of the Addiction Prevention Training Program (APTP) of Turkey, (Türkiye Bağımlılıkla Mücadele Programı) and gather the perspectives of students and stakeholders about the program. APTP is an intervention program designed and implemented by the Turkish Green Crescent Society, which aims to increase knowledge and emotional awareness about addiction among primary, secondary, and high school students. APTP consists of 4 modules: tobacco, alcohol, drug, and technology addiction, and the knowledge and emotional awareness of each of these were tested. In the first phase of this mixed-method study, 2x3 Split Plot Factorial Design was used. A total of 5451 randomly assigned students (primary=600, secondary=2496, and high school=2355) participated in the experimental and control groups. In the second phase, focused group interviews with students (n=55), parents (n=26), and branch teachers (n=18); and individual interviews with school counselors (n=3) and principals (n=3) were conducted. The opinions of the participants regarding the training were analyzed using descriptive analysis. Results of the Two-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) revealed that receiving APTP had a significant effect, mostly on improving the knowledge level of students about tobacco, alcohol, drug, and technology addiction. Qualitative findings supported the quantitative results that parents, teachers, school counselors, and school principals reflected the increased knowledge of students about addiction.

Cite this article as: Öztürk et al. (2020). The effect of Turkish Green Crescent Society APTP program on students’ knowledge and emotional awareness about tobacco, alcohol, drug, and technology addiction. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 7(3), 180-198.

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