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Tough Times¿Pro-Health Choices for Adolescents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22454
Amount: $700,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
6310 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Roberta M. Allen
 (410) 544-8733
Business Contact
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Research Institution

This project plans to use innovative techniques to produce educational video modules related to adolescent mental health issues, and to test their effectiveness. The modules provide a short trigger video and a teacher's guide. A set of 7 modules is proposed with particular attention to issues identified by the National Adolescent Student Health Survey as crucial to the mental health of today's youth (i. e. HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, adverse peer pressure, issues of violence, and the need for ethnic groups to live together). In Phase I, one multi- component video module will be produced and evaluated. The video in Phase I will be tested as a "live-acted" script versus a lecture format presentation, and as a live-acted production versus the same video enhanced with clay animation inserts. Innovations in this project include the use of clay animation; the evaluation of the product; scripts on controversial issues acceptable in most learning environments; scripts and teacher's books designed to incorporate features considered important by social action theory to support behavior change, and production of an integrated series of modules. In Phase II, 6 more modules would be produced and evaluated both separately and as part of a package.

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