• By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 21st September, 2015

Stop Me Smoking? Using SMS texting to prevent harmful substance use by youth

Advertisers decided years ago that phone texting provides a cheap and efficient way to find large audiences among young people. A review of research using text messages to combat substance use suggests prevention scientists might usefully follow their example.Despite recent progress in developing effective life-skills training and other programs for preventing substance misuse, there are limits on…

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  • By Laura Whybra
  • Posted on Monday 14th September, 2015

Turning anxiety prevention into a “win-win” for students and schools

Schools seem an obvious place to prevent anxiety and other, less common emotional problems among youth. Yet persuading teaching staff to make precious curriculum time available can prove difficult. Might a program that reduces test and exam anxieties prove the key to opening classroom doors? Chronic anxiety is among the most frequently found emotional difficulties among young people, linked to und…

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