Multimedia Interventions for Juvenile Offenders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 4R44MH068130-02
Agency Tracking Number: MH068130
Amount: $789,205.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2005-2
Small Business Information
Northwest Media, Inc., 326 W 12Th Ave, Eugene, OR, 97401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (541) 343-6636
Business Contact
Phone: (541) 343-6636
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The juvenile justice system is undergoing a paradigmatic shift toward a balanced and restorative justice model. A central goal of the approach is to teach youth social skills as a means of fulfilling reparations to their victims, their community, and to themselves. In this application we propose developing four interactive multimedia intervention programs that reflect a core set of social competencies for youth: anger management, decision-making social skills, victim empathy, and self-management planning. Juvenile justice systems throughout the nation are keenly interested in providing youth with interventions in these critical areas of training that are of high quality and that are consistent with the balanced and restorative justice model. The proposed multimedia programs are specifically intended to engage this at-risk population through an approach that is highly visual, has extensive guidance, models skills, and provides realistic yet prosocial contexts. The programs will be based on current curriculums written by leading experts in this field. In Phase I we will develop the complete anger management program, and in Phase II we will develop the remaining three programs. The evaluation studies in both phases will be conducted with adjudicated youth in the state of California.

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