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A Web-Based Intervention to Prevent Drug Abuse Among Adolescent Girls

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01813123
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 18, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 27, 2019
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Traci M. Schwinn, Columbia University

Brief Summary:

This study is designed to develop and test a gender-specific, web-based drug abuse prevention program. Study participants will be adolescent girls aged 13 and 14 years who will complete all measures online. Randomly assigned girls will also interact online with a skills-based program and subsequent annual booster sessions.

The study's primary hypothesis is that rates of 30-day alcohol and drug use will be lower among girls assigned to receive the intervention.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Drug Abuse Prevention Behavioral: RealTeen Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 788 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Web-Based Intervention to Prevent Drug Abuse Among Adolescent Girls
Study Start Date : March 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : January 30, 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control
Experimental: Intervention
Behavioral: RealTeen
A web-based, gender-specific program intended improve girls' cognitive and behavioral skills. Each of the 9 sessions requires approximately 20 minutes. After initial intervention, girls will receive two annual booster sessions (i.e., a 20-minute review of previously learned material indexed to new age).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 30-day alcohol and drug use [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Measures will ask girls to report, for the past 30 days, the number of: drinks of alcohol consumed, cigarettes smoked, puffs of marijuana, and times they consumed four or more drinks within 2 hours. Girls will also report past 30-day use of: inhalants, ecstasy, club drugs, prescription drugs for recreational use, heroin, and hallucinogens.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • resident of USA
  • speaks English
  • have private computer with Internet

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01813123

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United States, New York
Columbia University School of Social Work
New York, New York, United States, 10027
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Principal Investigator: Traci M Schwinn, PhD Columbia University
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Responsible Party: Traci M. Schwinn, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University Identifier: NCT01813123    
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAJ3409
R01DA031782 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 18, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 27, 2019
Last Verified: June 2019
Keywords provided by Traci M. Schwinn, Columbia University:
drug abuse
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders