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NCJ Number: 227919 Find in a Library
Title: Longitudinal Comparison of Two Versions of an Interactive Multimedia Substance Abuse Education Program
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:July 2009  Pages:302-321
Author(s): Joel Epstein; Nicole Renick Thomson; Karen Kadela Collins; Thom Pancella
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared two versions of a media tool designed to teach children about the science of drug addiction: SpaceScouts and LockerTalk.
Abstract: SpaceScouts and LockerTalk are unique interactive substance abuse education programs targeted toward preteens. Originally developed for use within a spiritual setting, the evaluation demonstrated their effectiveness in other venues as well. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health produced a series of media tools to educate fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children from African-American churches about substance abuse. Starting with a core curriculum, two separate interventions were created. SpaceScouts is a narrative version where the core substance abuse educational content is woven into the story line of a video that resembles many teen-targeted television shows. LockerTalk is a program that uses a more traditional, didactic method of conveying the curriculum via an interactive CD-ROM. Similar to SpaceScouts, LockerTalk is designed to teach students about the science of substance abuse in three, 3-hour sessions led by a moderator. A comparative analysis of the two versions of this interactive multimedia substance abuse education program was conducted utilizing youth from a dozen churches, randomly assigned to one of the two versions. Pretest, posttest, and 4 and 8 month follow-up evaluations were conducted. Figures and references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Comparative analysis; Drug abuse; Drug information; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Program evaluation
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