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

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Traci M. Schwinn, Columbia University Identifier:
First received: March 8, 2013
Last updated: May 12, 2016
Last verified: May 2016

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 Intervention
Drug Abuse Prevention Behavioral: RealTeen

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: 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

Further study details as provided by Traci M. Schwinn, Columbia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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.

Enrollment: 788
Study Start Date: March 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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).


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: NCT01813123

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)
Principal Investigator: Traci M Schwinn, PhD Columbia University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Traci M. Schwinn, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University Identifier: NCT01813123     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAJ3409
R01DA031782 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: March 8, 2013
Last Updated: May 12, 2016

Keywords provided by Traci M. Schwinn, Columbia University:
drug abuse

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017