J Korean Acad Nurs.  2005 Aug;35(5):763-773.

Effects of a Drug Misuse and Abuse Prevention Program on Knowledge, Attitude, and Preventive Behaviors Related to Drug Misuse and Abuse, and Depression in Low-income Elderly Women

  • 1College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University.
  • 2College of Nursing, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea. kjs0114@jnu.ac.kr
  • 3Institute of Human Genimic Study, Korea University.


PURPOSE: This study was conducted to determine the effects of a drug misuse and abuse prevention programon knowledge, attitude, and preventive behaviorsrelated to drug misuse and abuse, and depression in low-income elderly women in the urban area. METHOD: The design of this study was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. The subjects consisted of 26 in the experimental group and 23 in the control group. The program was performed for about 1hour, once a week for 5 weeks. Data was analyzed by the SAS(ver.8.02) computer program, and it included descriptive statistics, Fisher's exact test, Mann-Whitney U test, Wilcoxon signed ranks test, and ANCOVA. RESULT: There were statistically significant differences in knowledge, attitude, and preventive behaviors related to drug misuse and abuse, and depression between the experimental group and the control group. CONCLUSION: This study showed that this prevention program of drug misuse and abuse is appropriate for low-income elderly women, Therefore this program is recommended as a nursing intervention strategy for the elderly.


Aged; substance-related disorder; Knowledge; Attitude; Behavior
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