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The Impact of ICT on Adolescents' Perceptions and Consumption of Substances


CODE: IDB-WP-219
AUTHOR(s): Balsa, Ana , Gandelman, Nestor , Porzecanski, Rafael
PUBLISHED: November 2010
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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Abstract:

This paper reports the results of a three-month randomized controlled trial to estimate the impact of an Internet and mobile telephone short message service (SMS) intervention on adolescents’ information about substances and rates of consumption. A low percentage of participants logged on to the Web platform, but most participants were reached through e-mails and SMS. It is found that the intervention was able to affect awareness that certain substances are drugs, but no significant changes in consumption habits were found.

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