2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

All Stars for At-Risk Middle School Students in an Afterschool Setting: A Pilot Program
Emma S. Staecker*, Elizabeth A. Terrigino, Lauren A. Renschler, Alaina D. Kramer, and Elijah T. Puett
Dr. Darson L. Rhodes, Faculty Mentor

The evidenced-based substance abuse program, All Stars, was implemented in an afterschool setting for at-risk middle school students by local university student volunteers. The classroom-based program was moved to the after-school setting to target the most at-risk students, and university students served as instructors to decrease costs. The students participated in the program as part of their afterschool curriculum. The Pre-Post Post All Stars Student Survey was used as the data collection instrument and included 45 demographic, behavior, and core mediator Likert-scale questions. A series of paired samples t-tests were used to assess differences in: Commitment to Avoid Risky Behaviors, Normative Beliefs, and Lifestyle Incongruence. Upon completion, participants lifestyle incongruence about substance abuse improved significantly, their commitment to avoid risky behaviors improved, but their normative beliefs decreased. For those youth at high-risk, providing the program in the afterschool setting and using non-classroom teachers as instructors has the potential for success.

Keywords: Prevention, Substance Abuse, Students

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-2
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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