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Promoting Physical Activity In After-School Programs for Urban Adolescents

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: March 8, 2006
Last updated: September 16, 2013
Last verified: June 2009

RATIONALE: Physical activity may lower the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying ways to increase physical activity in urban adolescents who attend after-school programs.

Condition Intervention
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Behavioral: exercise intervention
Other: counseling intervention
Other: educational intervention
Procedure: complementary or alternative medicine procedure

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Involving Adolescents in Physical Activity Promotion

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Behavior changes regarding physical activity by self-reported questionnaire

Estimated Enrollment: 420
Study Start Date: September 2004
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Develop educational, promotional, and evaluation materials for use in promoting physical activity (PA) in community-based after-school programs by multiethnic, urban adolescents.
  • Develop a series of workshops for promoting physical activities (PAs) that are "a good fit" in after-school programs for these participants.
  • Determine a small set of feasibility tests as a first step towards pursuing funding for a full-scale experimental study.
  • Development of print materials for a series of skills-building workshops for these participants.
  • Development of evaluation materials, including self-report survey questions and structured interview protocols for qualitative assessment of participants' skills in identifying PAs that are a "good fit" for them.

OUTLINE: Youth participants will be assigned to one of two groups and may be involved in one or more research activities conducted during after-school hours at a community-based, after-school program site.

  • Focus group: Participants, consisting of 5-8 adolescents per focus group, either all male or all female, attend a single audiotaped focus group with a trained moderator for 60 minutes. Participants complete an anonymous participant information form, and explore their perceptions of physical activity (PA), perceptions of audience segments among peers that would be appropriate for tailoring physical promotions, and responses to images and graphic designs for use in developing print materials. Some participants may also be eligible to participate in a second focus group and the survey if interested.
  • One-on-one interview: Participants attend a one-on-one audiotaped individual interview with a trained interviewer for 60 minutes. Participants in the first set of interviews explore their perceptions of PA, their perceptions of the concept of finding PAs that are "a good fit", and their perceptions of audience segmentation for promoting PA. In the second set of interviews, participants test a protocol for qualitative assessment of adolescents' skills in assessing "good fit" of PA. Participants are involved in a series of visual and written scenarios depicting a variety of PAs, and use a structured interview format to identify the PA they most or least enjoy. Participants will also be asked to elaborate on criteria and experiences on which they based their decisions. Participants may also participate in the survey if interested.
  • Survey: Participants complete a paper and pencil 60-minute questionnaire about PA behaviors, attitudes, environments, and person-physical activity skills (i.e., skills in finding PAs that are "a good fit"). Two weeks later, participants are asked to complete a second questionnaire.
  • Key informant interview (adult): Participants attend a 60-minute, audiotaped interview with a trained interviewer that focuses on respondents' perceptions of the PA-related attitudes, behaviors, strengths, and barriers of the young adolescents who participate in their program, the respondents' experiences with promoting PA in their program participants, and respondents' suggestions for program elements and logistics to enhance the feasibility and effectiveness of after-school workshops to promote PA.
  • Workshop pilot testing: After data collection from the above field work is completed, 1-2 workshop activities are conducted in cooperation with program leaders at community-based, after-school programs.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 420 participants (400 adolescents and 20 adults) will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


  • Noninstitutionalized, community-residing youth living in and attending after-school programs in New York City or Newark, NJ OR
  • After-school program leaders at community agencies (i.e., adults) who participate in key informant interviews


  • Any racial or ethnic background


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00301158

United States, New Jersey
Health and Nutrition Sciences at Montclair State University Recruiting
Montclair, New Jersey, United States, 07043
Contact: Amanda S. Birnbaum, PhD, MPH    973-655-7115      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Montclair State University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Amanda S. Birnbaum, PhD, MPH Montclair State University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00301158     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000455588
Study First Received: March 8, 2006
Last Updated: September 16, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific processed this record on April 28, 2017