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Testing the Effectiveness of Relationship Smarts and the Effects of Enhanced Facilitator Training

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02831413
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : July 13, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 15, 2019
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Department of Health and Human Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Brief Summary:
This project will test the effectiveness of offering healthy marriage and relation education for youth as part of the regular school curriculum and examine whether providing enhanced training and support for facilitators shows promise for enhancing the effects on high school students. The evaluation will examine a range of students' relationship outcomes, including their attitudes toward relationships, their knowledge of healthy relationships, their communication skills, and the characteristics of their current relationship.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Knowledge Attitude Behavioral: RS+ Behavioral: Codeacademy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Family Bridges will deliver the "Relationship Smarts +" program to students at 10 Chicago-area high schools. The RS+ curriculum will be delivered to 9th grade students in the target schools and classrooms during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. The curriculum's 12 sessions will be delivered over a period of about 12 weeks during the winter quarter, with an average of one session taught per week.The lessons cover topics such as personal values, the principals of smart relationships, communication and conflict management, and sexual decision making. Using a three-arm randomized controlled trial design, this study will test the effectiveness of offering RS+ as part of the regular school curriculum on the students' knowledge of healthy relationships, their communication skills, and the characteristics of their current relationship. In addition to testing the effects of the curriculum, the study will also test the effects of providing enhanced training and support to facilitators.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Testing the Effectiveness of Relationship Smarts Curriculum and the Effects of Enhanced Facilitator Training
Actual Study Start Date : December 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Control
Control group members will receive an alternate curriculum that is not related to relationship education. Family Bridges has identified a computer programming curriculum, Codeacademy, that teaches students how to use HTML.
Behavioral: Codeacademy
a computer programming curriculum, Codeacademy, that teaches students how to use HTML.

Experimental: RS+
The RS+ curriculum's 12 sessions will be delivered over a period of about 12 weeks during the winter quarter, with an average of one session taught per week. The lessons cover topics such as personal values, the principals of smart relationships, communication and conflict management, and sexual decision making.
Behavioral: RS+
The curriculum's 12 sessions will be delivered over a period of about 12 weeks during the winter quarter, with an average of one session taught per week. The lessons cover topics such as personal values, the principals of smart relationships, communication and conflict management, and sexual decision making.

Experimental: RS+ with enhanced facilitator support
The RS+ curriculum's 12 sessions will be delivered over a period of about 12 weeks during the winter quarter, with an average of one session taught per week. The lessons cover topics such as personal values, the principals of smart relationships, communication and conflict management, and sexual decision making. Affiliates assigned to this enhanced treatment group will participate in enhanced facilitator training and support activities.
Behavioral: RS+
The curriculum's 12 sessions will be delivered over a period of about 12 weeks during the winter quarter, with an average of one session taught per week. The lessons cover topics such as personal values, the principals of smart relationships, communication and conflict management, and sexual decision making.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Knowledge about Healthy Relationships [ Time Frame: end of programming (approx. 12 weeks after beginning of programming ) ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  2. Attitudes about Healthy Relationships [ Time Frame: end of programming (approx. 12 weeks after beginning of programming ) ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  3. Knowledge about Healthy Relationships [ Time Frame: 1 year follow-up ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  4. Attitudes about Healthy Relationships [ Time Frame: 1 year follow-up ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Communications skills [ Time Frame: end of programming (approx. 12 weeks after beginning of programming ) ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  2. Characteristics of current romantic relationship [ Time Frame: end of programming (approx. 12 weeks after beginning of programming ) ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  3. Communications skills [ Time Frame: 1 year follow-up ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  4. Characteristics of current romantic relationship [ Time Frame: 1 year follow-up ]
    audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Students must be age 17 or younger
  • have consent from a parent or guardian for evaluation activities
  • provide assent for evaluation activities.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Students in evaluation classrooms who do not meet these criteria will still receive programming, but will not be included in the STREAMS data collection activities or in the study's analysis.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02831413


Locations
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United States, Illinois
Family Bridges, Inc.
Oak Park, Illinois, United States, 60302
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Diane Paulsell Mathematica Policy Research

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Responsible Party: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02831413    
Other Study ID Numbers: MPR-500098-FB
First Posted: July 13, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 15, 2019
Last Verified: May 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No