Using a fotonovela to battle chrystal meth in South Africa

Davis, B. & Jansen, C., 22-Feb-2019, In : Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 18, 1, 19 p.

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This study evaluated the effects of a health-related fotonovela
about crystal meth (S-methamphetamine hydrochloride)
among “Colored” people (an ethnic label for people of mixed
race) in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Crystal
meth use is most common among Colored people in this
province and it is considered a major social problem. The
fotonovela was compared to a no-message control group and
a traditional brochure in a randomized controlled trial
(N ¼ 303). The fotonovela outperformed the control condition
for knowledge level and it outperformed the traditional brochure on intention toward starting conversations about crystal
meth. Especially readers with relatively low levels of education
clearly preferred the fotonovela over the traditional brochure.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22-Feb-2019


  • Fotonovelas; crystal meth; entertainment-education; health messages; S-methamphetamine hydrochloride

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