Tough Times--pro-health Choices for Adolescents

Period of Performance: 09/30/1993 - 02/28/1994


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

IM Systems
Baltimore, MD 21286
Principal Investigator


This project plans to use innovative techniques to produce educational video modules related to adolescent mental health issues, and to test their effectiveness. The modules provide a short trigger video and a teacher's guide. A set of 7 modules is proposed with particular attention to issues identified by the National Adolescent Student Health Survey as crucial to the mental health of today's youth (i.e. HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, adverse peer pressure, issues of violence, and the need for ethnic groups to live together). In phase I, one multi- component video module will be produced and evaluated. The video in phase I will be tested as a "live-acted" script versus a lecture format presentation, and as a live-acted production versus the same video enhanced with clay animation inserts. Innovations in this project include the use of clay animation; the evaluation of the product; scripts on controversial issues acceptable in most learning environments; scripts and teacher's books designed to incorporate features considered important by social action theory to support behavior change, and production of an integrated series of modules. In phase II, 6 more modules would be produced and evaluated both separately and as part of a package.