Drug Prevention in High Schools: All Stars, Sr.
DESCRIPTION (Provided by applicant): Existing high school drug abuse prevention
programs primarily target youths who already have defined drug use problems.
Effective research-based prevention programs that target a universal audience
are not yet widely available. This Phase II project will continue the
development of All Stars, Sr., a program to improve mediating processes
important to late onset prevention and self-initiated cessation. Mediators
targeted include: lifestyle incongruence, normative beliefs about the
prevalence and acceptability of drugs, commitment to avoid high-risk behaviors,
resistance skills, beliefs about social and psychological consequences, goal
setting, decision making, and stress management skills. The program is designed
to augment (rather than replace) existing high school health textbooks.
Materials consist of a teacherts guide containing detailed lessons and a
student wellness journal. Results from Phase I support the approach taken and
provide a guide for program modification and improvement. During Phase II,
additional written activities and new online teacher and student materials will
be developed. A randomized field trial will be conducted. Health teachers in
twenty schools will be assigned to either treatment or control conditions.
Students will be measured at four points in time over a two-year period to
assess changes in mediators and the prevalence and frequency of substance use.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS:
Drug use continues to be a serious problem in the country. The US Department of Education is expected to increase funding for effective prevention programs during the coming years. We are increasingly being asked to provide follow-up sessions for the middle school All Stars programs. There is a relative lack of universal prevention programming available for high schools. The increasing need and lack of viable alternatives suggests this project will result in a product that will have excellent market potential.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:William B. Hansen
TANGLEWOOD RESEARCH, INC.
7017 ALBERT PICK RD, STE D GREENSBORO, NC 27409
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