Tobacco Zero: Interactive Tobacco Education for Teens
There have been a number of tobacco prevention programs developed and tested in the past few years, and some of the comprehensive programs have been promoted by the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, the use of these programs and integration into school-based curriculum has been lacking due to a number of factors. We are proposing to develop an interactive computer-based program for tobacco prevention aimed at middle school students. The CD-ROM is designed to be an adjunct to the existing health education curriculum provided for 6th through 8th grade students.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Tobacco World: Interactive Tobacco Education for Teens|
- Increase perceived behavioral control (self-efficacy) [ Time Frame: pre and post ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Decrease willingness to use tobacco [ Time Frame: pre and post ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Decrease intentions to use tobacco [ Time Frame: pre and post ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||November 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Interactive Tobacco Education
The CD-ROM is based upon our Phase I prototype program entitled Tobacco World in which students are presented with a video arcade interface that offers them random access to several game-like activities in which they learn about tobacco and the negative health effects associated with tobacco use. We will expand the menu of options to include more complex activities and entertaining games.
The Phase II program will deliver engaging media to educate students about the risks of tobacco and peer and industry influences on their decisions regarding tobacco. Games and activities will be designed to act on mechanisms shown to be effective in decreasing intentions to use tobacco through changing attitudes, social images, beliefs about short and long term physical consequences, perceptions of peers' social images, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. We will test individual components of the program with middle school students for effectiveness in changing mediating variables related to initiation and use of tobacco.
The final program will be evaluated in a randomized trial where middle schools in Oregon and New York will be assigned to either an established tobacco prevention curriculum, or to the usual tobacco curriculum plus the Tobacco World program. Students will be assessed at pre-, post- and 6-month follow-up to evaluate the impact of program use on intentions, and actual tobacco use.
|United States, Oregon|
|Deschutes Research Inc|
|Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97401|
|Principal Investigator:||Herbert H Severson, PhD||Deschutes Research, Inc.|