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Elementary School Mindfulness-Based Substance Use Prevention Program

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
93619
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA024508
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: Elementary School Mindfulness-Based Substance Use Prevention Program
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43DA024508-01A2
Award Amount: $171,464.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed project will create and evaluate the feasibility of a mindfulness substance abuse prevention for late elementary school-aged children, called MasterMind. Children will participate in activities focused on t he foundations of mindfulness (e.g., awareness of thoughts) and these activities will be comprised of mindful movements and mindful journeys (e.g., meditation). Additionally, children will learn how to apply the mindfulness skills to their everyday lives. The main objective will be to develop an evidence-based, easy-to-use program for teachers to enhance children's mindfulness skills which should, in turn, positively influence children's social and emotional skills, and reduce their intentions to use substa nces in the future. In Phase I of the project, the overall program will be developed with input from both mindfulness and teacher consultants. Elementary school teachers and children will participate in separate activity meetings to preview the twenty less ons and provide feedback on the program. Teachers will also be recruited to complete a web- based survey assessing the feasibility of implementing the MasterMind curriculum into their daily teaching schedules. Finally, a feasibility study of the revised an d finalized program will be conducted in two elementary school classrooms. Teachers' and students' responses to pre- and post-test questionnaires and input on the feasibility of the program will be obtained. Pending the results of the pilot program, Phase II will involve revising the program and evaluating its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial for teaching children mindfulness skills that will influence their coping and regulatory behaviors, thereby reducing their intentions to use alcohol, tob acco, and other drugs. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Mindfulness-based preventive interventions have been found to be associated with reductions in alcohol and drug use, anxiety, and negative affect and increases in attention and self-awareness. The purpose of this project is to (1) develop the prototype for a mindfulness-based curriculum and (2) evaluate the feasibility of the program. The proposed program will be designed as an easy-to use, attractive, research-based preventive intervention program to be taugh t by late elementary school teachers to their students that utilizes active learning methods. This project will result in the development of a commercially available, empirically-tested educational tool that can be used in elementary school settings and co mmunity-based programs.

Principal Investigator:

Alison E. Parker
9194937700
APARKER@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