Using a fotonovela to battle chrystal meth in South Africa

Burt Davis*, Carel Jansen

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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 = 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
    Pages (from-to)151-169
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
    Issue number1
    Early online date22-Feb-2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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

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