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The Big Brothers Big Sisters Impact Study

Nov. 12, 1999

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Impact Study, conducted by Public/Private Ventures, studied children from 10 to 16 years old in eight cities. Approximately half were matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, while others were assigned to a control group. Researchers found that 18 months later the Little Brothers and Little Sisters were:

t 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs

t 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol

t 52 percent less likely to skip school

t 37 percent less likely to skip a class

t more confident of their performance of schoolwork

t less likely to hit someone

t getting along better with their

families and peers