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Testing the Effectiveness of the Full and Abridged Relationship Smarts Curriculum for 9th Grade Students

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02832856
First Posted: July 14, 2016
Last Update Posted: November 3, 2016
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Collaborator:
Department of Health and Human Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  Purpose
This evaluation will test the program effectiveness of a relationship education program (Relationship Smarts PLUS)and an abridged version of the program to 9th Grade Students on outcomes of knowledge. It will test 1) whether the Relationship Smarts (RS) Curriculum is more effective than a control curriculum of job-readiness programming, and 2) whether an abridged 8-lesson version of the RS Curriculum can be as effective as the full 12-lesson version.

Condition Intervention
Attitudes Knowledge Behavioral: Healthy Relationship Education Behavioral: Job Readiness Curriculum

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Testing the Effectiveness of the Full and Abridged Versions of the Relationship Smarts Curriculum for 9th Grade Students

Further study details as provided by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Knowledge about Healthy Romantic Relationships [ Time Frame: one year follow-up ]
    surveys in school during a single class period via audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  • Romantic Relationship Stability [ Time Frame: one year follow-up ]
    surveys in school during a single class period via audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Conflict Management Skills [ Time Frame: one year follow-up ]
    surveys in school during a single class period via audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  • Exposure to Dating Violence [ Time Frame: one year follow-up ]
    surveys in school during a single class period via audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.

  • Sexual Risk Behaviors [ Time Frame: one year follow-up ]
    surveys in school during a single class period via audio computer-assisted self-administered interviewing (ACASI) software on tablet devices.


Estimated Enrollment: 1840
Study Start Date: August 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Control
Control group members will receive a job readiness curriculum entitled Beginning to Work it Out (BWIO) that assists at-risk youth who are preparing for first-time employment. Topics include recognizing how personal beliefs and behaviors may be perceived in the workplace, as well as "soft skills" such as emotional self-management and problem-solving skills.
Behavioral: Job Readiness Curriculum
Beginning to Work it Out (BWIO) assists youth who are preparing for first-time employment. Topics include recognizing how personal beliefs and behaviors may be perceived in the workplace, as well as "soft skills" such as emotional self-management and problem-solving skills.
Experimental: Full Relationship Smarts Curriculum
This group receives the behavioral intervention of the healthy relationship education in the form of the full, 12-lesson RS+ curriculum over approximately 12 weeks. The B
Behavioral: Healthy Relationship Education
RS+ is a widely-implemented healthy relationship education curriculum that aligns with the Georgia Department of Education performance standards in health education. The full curriculum features 12 lessons covering such topics as healthy relationships, dating violence prevention, communication skills, conflict management, and decision making.
Experimental: Abridged Relationship Smarts Curriculum
This group receives the behavioral intervention of the healthy relationship education in the form of the "summary" 8-lesson version of the RS+ curriculum - as well as four lessons on career planning and job readiness over approximately 12 weeks.
Behavioral: Healthy Relationship Education
RS+ is a widely-implemented healthy relationship education curriculum that aligns with the Georgia Department of Education performance standards in health education. The full curriculum features 12 lessons covering such topics as healthy relationships, dating violence prevention, communication skills, conflict management, and decision making.
Behavioral: Job Readiness Curriculum
Beginning to Work it Out (BWIO) assists youth who are preparing for first-time employment. Topics include recognizing how personal beliefs and behaviors may be perceived in the workplace, as well as "soft skills" such as emotional self-management and problem-solving skills.

Detailed Description:

MTCI plans to deliver the Relationship Smarts PLUS (RS+) education curriculum to youth in high schools during the regular school day. RS+ is a widely-implemented healthy relationship education curriculum that aligns with the Georgia Department of Education performance standards in health education. The curriculum features 12 lessons covering such topics as healthy relationships, dating violence prevention, communication skills, conflict management, and decision making. MORE THAN CONQUERORS, INC. (MTCI) plans to deliver the curriculum to 9th grade students as part of a required, semester-long health class. The program will be delivered by trained facilitators from MTCI in coordination with each participating school.

To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled in one of the targeted health classes and have permission from a parent or guardian to participate in both the MATURE Plus II program and the STREAMS evaluation.The study plans to enroll 1,840 students over the entire two-year evaluation period.

At the start of each semester, the targeted sections of 9th grade health class will be randomly assigned into one of three research groups: (1) a group that receives the full, 12-lesson RS+ curriculum, (2) a group that receives a "summary" 8-lesson version of the RS+ curriculum and four lessons on career planning and job readiness, or (3) a control group that receives lessons on career planning and job readiness without any lessons from the RS+ curriculum.

All students for whom consent and assent have been obtained will be asked to complete three surveys: (1) a baseline survey administered in health class near the start of the semester, (2) a post-program survey administered in health class near the end of the semester, and (3) a one-year follow-up survey administered about 12 months after the baseline survey, during 10th grade

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • high school students in 9th grade health classes
  • must be enrolled in one of the targeted health classes
  • permission from a parent or guardian to participate in both the program and the evaluation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • non-students
  • students in other grades of high school
  • students not enrolled in health class
  • students without parental permission to participate
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02832856


Locations
United States, Georgia
More Than Conquerors, Inc.
Conyers, Georgia, United States, 30094
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Brian Goesling, PhD Mathematica Policy Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02832856     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MPR-500098-MTC
First Submitted: July 8, 2016
First Posted: July 14, 2016
Last Update Posted: November 3, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No