West Virginia University Researcher Lessons Learned in Iceland - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

West Virginia University Researcher Lessons Learned in Iceland

by Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University researcher is working in two counties to apply lessons about peer groups from Iceland where he says teenage use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco has been “virtually eradicated.”

Alfgeir Kristjansson, assistant professor in WVU’s School of Public Health, says the island nation pushed to replace unsupervised, aimless leisure time with purposeful, organized activities that help them cope with stress, fill their need for camaraderie and provide a goal to pursue as a team.

According to the university, he’s working with teachers, parents, police and health professionals in Wood County to affect middle school and high school students, who “are products of their social environment,” and expanding into Calhoun County.

Kristsjansson says in addition to sports, art, filmmaking or religious activities could serve the same function.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
The Issues of Power, Control and Diversity In Brave New World, a dystopian novel written by author Aldous Huxley, Power is maintained through technological interventions that start before birth and last until death. Control is retained by making citizens fulfilled enough that they have no car...
Dartmouth Cultivates Vibrant Native American Studies Program The education of Native American youth was part of the charter when Dartmouth College opened its stately doors two and a half centuries ago. But it wasn’t until recent years that the school began graduating indigenous students in significant numbers,...
Is the Language of Digital Technology Killing us and our Ability to Communicate? I have always been a lover of language, in all of its various forms. A voracious reader since the age of three, I became fluent in a second language by the time I reached high school, was pleasantly surprised in college to discover that I spoke a thi...
Dr. George Ayers, Devoted Higher Ed Professional, Passes Away at 79 Dr. George Edward Louis Ayers, president of Ayers & Associates, Inc. and devoted higher education professional, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. He was 79. Dr. George Edward Louis Ayers Founded in 1989, Ayers &...
Semantic Tags: