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Officials at the Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School have said they are considering allowing Dr. Suniya Luthar, a researcher and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, to survey their students as part of a needs-assessment initiative led by the Greenwich Coalition to Combat Underage Drinking. High school students in town may soon be surveyed about their most intimate thoughts and habits, as part of a community-wide attempt to address the root causes of risky behaviors.

Advocates say the survey will provide much-needed statistically valid data about how much and why teenagers do potentially harmful things such as drink and take drugs, and help design programs to stop them.

Nancy Weissler, co-president of the coalition, said, "By doing this needs assessment we'll have a better understanding of where our kids are today."

This article, written by Keach Hagey, appeared in the July 31st edition of the Greenwich Time.

Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005

Schools plan survey on students' drinking

Officials at the Greenwich Public Schools, Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School have said they are considering allowing Dr. Suniya Luthar, a researcher and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, to survey their students as part of a needs-assessment initiative led by the Greenwich Coalition to Combat Underage Drinking. High school students in town may soon be surveyed about their most intimate thoughts and habits, as part of a community-wide attempt to address the root causes of risky behaviors.

Advocates say the survey will provide much-needed statistically valid data about how much and why teenagers do potentially harmful things such as drink and take drugs, and help design programs to stop them.

Nancy Weissler, co-president of the coalition, said, "By doing this needs assessment we'll have a better understanding of where our kids are today."

This article, written by Keach Hagey, appeared in the July 31st edition of the Greenwich Time.

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