The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3284.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - Board 7

Abstract #44840

Multidimensional scaling and concept mapping: The middle school student’s view of ATOD & violence prevention

James P. Griffin, PhD1, James E. Springfield, MA2, Kelvin Walston2, Melanie Sheffey2, and Elleen Yancey, PhD2. (1) Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310, (404) 752-1905,, (2) Prevention Research Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, 777 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30315

Investigators analyzed focus group responses from 8th grade African-American intervention students in an alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) and violence prevention group. Respondents attended a randomly controlled, universal, curriculum-based intervention—the BRAVE Program (Building Resiliency And Vocational Excellence). The purpose was to see if a new evaluation method identified key career-oriented program components (e.g., prosocial skills, goal setting, and teamwork). Using multidimensional scaling, researchers used 75 student focus group statements to reveal helpful training clusters. Twenty-three students listed nine clusters: Manhood and Womanhood Development, Affective Response, Self-Control, Goal Setting, Strategies for Survival, Training Methods and Needs of the Program, Violence Prevention, Career Aspiration, and Substance Abuse. This process assessment was heuristic and promising for theory development and statistical modeling.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of the learning activity, participants will

    Keywords: Adolescent Health, Prevention

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Morehouse School of Medicine, Community Health and Preventive Medicine
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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