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In response to:
"On a related topic, Justin Kirby (who occasionally posts on socnet) and I are interested in hearing about examples of the use of peer-influencer approaches, or anything similar, to bring about health-behavior change or achieve other public-health related goals. We'd be pleased to hear from anyone who knows of similar studies or examples."
You might read:
Valente, T. W., Hoffman, B. R., Ritt-Olson, A., Lichtman, K., & Johnson, C. A. (2003). The effects of a social network method for group assignment strategies on peer led tobacco prevention programs in schools. American Journal of Public Health, 93, 1837-1843.
Valente, T. W., Sussman, S., Unger, J., Ritt-Olson, A., Okamoto, J. & Stacy, A., (2007). Peer acceleration: Effects of a network tailored substance abuse prevention program among high risk adolescents. Addiction, 102, 1804-1815.
Thomas W. Valente, PhD
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----- Original Message -----
From: Iain Lang <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sunday, May 11, 2008 3:32 pm
Subject: Peer influencers in health behaviors/ Smilar studies sought
To: [log in to unmask]
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> Dear Socnet members
> The current issue of The Lancet contains an article which may be
> of interest to list members. It describes a cluster randomised
> trial showing the effectiveness of using peer-influencers to
> prevent smoking in 12-13 year olds in schools in England and
> Wales. Details of the paper are below - or you could read the
> media version, "Cool kids can help others avoid smoking"
> On a related topic, Justin Kirby (who occasionally posts on
> socnet) and I are interested in hearing about examples of the use
> of peer-influencer approaches, or anything similar, to bring about
> health-behavior change or achieve other public-health related
> goals. We'd be pleased to hear from anyone who knows of similar
> studies or examples.
> with regards
> Dr Iain Lang
> Epidemiology & Public Health Group
> Peninsula Medical School
> Exeter EX25DW
> [log in to unmask]
> +44 (0)1392 421259
> LANCET PAPER:
> An informal school-based peer-led intervention for smoking
> prevention in adolescence (ASSIST): a cluster randomised trial
> R Campbell, F Starkey, J Holliday, S Audrey, M Bloor, N Parry-
> Langdon, R Hughes and L Moore
> The Lancet 2008; 371:1595-1602
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