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NCJ Number: 221930 Find in a Library
Title: Impact Evaluation of Two Versions of a Brief Intervention Targeting Alcohol Use and Physical Activity Among Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:2007  Pages:401-416
Author(s): Anna E. Mathews M.S.; Chudley Werch Ph.D.; Mara Michniewicz B.S.; Hui Bian Ph.D.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated the immediate impact of two new versions of the Project SPORT program, a brief one-on-one tailored consultation that addressed adolescents' alcohol use and physical activity.
Abstract: Two impact evaluations suggest that Project SPORT can be successfully reformatted from a one-on-one consultation into both an interactive CD-ROM and small-group intervention while remaining largely acceptable and potentially effective for adolescents. Those who participated in the small-group discussion were more likely than the control group to report a greater commitment to physical activity, report positive images/prototypes of those who engage in regular physical activity, and to link regular exercise and other health promoting behaviors. In addition, intervention participants were more likely to link too much alcohol use with other negative behavior. The CD-ROM intervention had a positive effect on females only, so additional research is needed to revise the CD-ROM, possibly adding a male voice to the program. Another suggestion is to test the effectiveness of Project SPORT material in the computer slide show format, which was preferred by males in the control group. In study one, high-school students were exposed to either an interactive CD-ROM consultation or a noninteractive computer program. In study two, students either participated in a small-group consultation or a control group exposed to a health booklet. 2 tables and 44 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Instructional aids; Juvenile health services; Physical fitness; Underage Drinking; Underage Drinking Programs
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