Decades of substance abuse prevention training and research provide the model for how we how we feel we can most effectively reach kids about the dangers of the choking game.  Research has demonstrated that the fear-based approaches to prevention training has proven less effective over the long-term and in some cases counter-productive.  Skills-based interactive models have been proven to be more effective.   Below are links to research discussing the pros of skills-based training vs. the cons of fear-based training:

  1. CDC:  Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum
  2. Prevention First:  The Ineffectiveness of Fear Appeals
  3. Prevention of the Choking Game: Parent Perspectives
  4. Project ALERT
    Summary on Impact

  5. Promising Practices:  This site offers a menu of programs which focus on prevention. 
    All have at least promising data level, if not proven data. 
    Suggested Samples:
        Guiding Good Choices
        Coping with Stress



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  2. The Choking Game and YouTube:  An Update, Global Pediatric Health, Defenderfer, E., Austin, J., Davies, W.H., January-December 2016, vol. 3, March 2016,
  3. Prevalence and associated harm of engagement in self-asphyxial behaviors in young people ("choking game") a systematic reviewArchives of Disease in Childhood, Busse H, Harrop T, Gunnell D, doi 10.1136/archdischild 2015-308187
  4. The Choking Game. Crime Victim’s Institute. Criminal Justice Center. Sam Houston State University. January 2012
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  10. Body Electric: The art of healthy choices, East Central Illinois teen survey report. 2012
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  16. CDC. “Choking Game” awareness and participation among 8th graders---Oregon, 2008. MMWR 2010 Jan 15; 59(01); 1-5.
  17. Language matters: unintentional strangulation, strangulation activity, and the “choking game”. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med Katz, KA, Toblin RL. 2009; 163:93.
  18. Ontario Student Drug and Health Survey, 2009. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. CAMH
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  22. Asphyxial games or “the choking game”: a potentially fatal risk behavior. Inj Prev Macnab AJ, Gagnon F, Cannon WG, Andrew TA, 2009; 15(1): 45-9.
  23. Thomas, SP. A deadly game for boys. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2009 May; 30(5):287.
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  34. Williams County Youth Health Risk Behavioral Survey, fall 2006. Bryan, OH: Williams County Partnerships for Success; 2007 (page 23 document/28 PDF file)
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Saving lives with a non-graphic, skills-based approach to raise awareness and stop deadly pass-out games (most commonly known as "The Choking Game").