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Web-Based Assessment of Social Information Processing Skills in Adolescent Boys

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93635
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA026650
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING DURHAM, NC 27707-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Web-Based Assessment of Social Information Processing Skills in Adolescent Boys
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43DA026650-01
Award Amount: $168,032.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this grant proposal is to develop an audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (audio-CASI) web-based software application for assessing social information processing (SIP) skills in adolescent boys. Rese arch over the past 20 years has established a consistent relationship between SIP skills deficits and aggressive behavior, delinquency, and substance abuse in youth. In addition, the majority of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs for aggressi on and substance abuse are based upon the SIP model (Crick and Dodge, 1994) and utilize cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques. Despite advances in the study of social cognition, there currently exist no measures of SIP skills with strong psychometri c properties for use in clinical settings or for standard administration in research. Thus, mental health and substance abuse professionals and researchers do not have access to state-of-the-art measures to assess the effectiveness of their interventions o r to establish treatment goals related to social cognitive functioning. The current proposal is designed to begin to fill these gaps by creating a professional quality, multimedia application with integrated digitized audio and videoclips. Phase I includes two basic sets of aims regarding product development and testing. The product development aim includes creating vignette scripts of common misunderstandings among adolescent boys; filming six scenes involving developmentally appropriate, common social sit uations concerning an aggressive behavior exhibited by a perpetrator whose intent is ambiguous; designing assessment questions to reliably and validly assess each social information processing mechanism; creating scoring algorithms for the SIP mechanisms; and developing an attractive, user-friendly, developmentally and culturally appropriate web-based application designed for audio-CASI administration that incorporates video vignettes, assessment items, and scoring algorithms to assess SIP skills in adolesc ent boys. The product testing aims include piloting the video clips and audio-CASI application with 50 youth to determine their appropriateness, clarity, interest, and effectiveness as well as to examine the psychometric properties of the measure to determ ine its feasibility for use with adolescent boys. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Social Information Processing (SIP) skills play a critical role in adolescents' development and aggressive behavior patterns which in turn, influence the development of substance ab use and delinquent behavior. The creation and evaluation of the psychometric properties of a web-based software application for use with adolescent boys will contribute to detecting social cognitive deficits delineated in the SIP model. The proposed tool w ill allow for clinicians, counselors, and other mental health and substance abuse prevention professionals to determine which social cognitive skills are problematic and use this knowledge to tailor appropriate techniques for use in interventions with indi vidual at risk boys.

Principal Investigator:

Janis B. Kupersmidt
9194937700
JKUPERSMIDT@IRTINC.US

Business Contact:

Tami Schwend
jkupersmidt@irtinc.us
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING, INC.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING 1415 W NC HWY 54 DURHAM, NC 27707

EIN/Tax ID: 562131912
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No