ALL STARS, JR --DRUG PREVENTION FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
DESCRIPTION (provided by investigator): The goal of this Phase II SBIR project
is to further develop and test an elementary school drug abuse prevention
program, All Stars, Jr. This program is designed to prepare students to
participate in an existing middle school program, the All Stars Core program,
developed with previous SBIR funding.
To maximize its potential for integration into the structure of elementary
school education, the program was developed for use in elementary school core
subjects - science, math, and language arts. Separate age- and
grade-appropriate programs have been designed for 4th and 5th grades. Science
and math activities teach skills in a manner that also reinforces beliefs that
drug use and fighting are both rare and unacceptable. Language arts activities
reinforce idealism and a belief in a positive future. Activities reinforce
perceptions that high-risk behaviors do not fit with desired lifestyles.
Classroom teachers implement a behavior management strategy, the All Stars
Challenge, based on Kellam's Good Behavior Game. Student teams establish
standards for getting along with each other. Teams observe and provide feedback
to each other in a process that promotes positive social interaction.
During Phase II, specific additions to the program (videotapes for training
teachers and students about the All Stars Challenge and an Internet-based
language arts activity) will be completed. All Stars, Jr. will be tested in an
independently evaluated randomized field trial.
Twenty middle schools and feeder elementary schools will be assigned either to
receive All Stars, Jr. or to serve as treatment-as-usual controls. The All
Stars Core program will be delivered to all students in the 6th grade. Students
will be administered pretest and posttest surveys annually in 4th, 5th, and 6th
grades. Surveys will assess targeted mediators in all grades and will assess
alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalant use in the 6th grade. Main effects and
mediating effects analyses will be completed. A case study in which classes
will be observed will be completed. A measurement sub-study will examine the
degree to which measures designed for elementary school children map onto
conceptually-related items designed for middle school children.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Julia Jacksonnewsom
TANGLEWOOD RESEARCH, INC.
TANGLEWOOD RESEARCH, INC. 7017 ALBERT PICK RD, STE D GREENSBORO, NC 27409
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