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Steppin' Up: Positive Youth Development Program

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00341224
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 21, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

As an antidote to juvenile aggression and violence, which has increased in recent years, group mentoring offers a viable alternative to intensive one-on-one mentoring. However, no group-mentoring programs have been evaluated.

The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a school-based, group-mentoring intervention designed to prevent aggressive and deviant behavior among early adolescents.

Study participants will be incoming 6th grade students from two inner-city Baltimore middle schools and their parents. Approximately 1,400 students and their parents are expected to participate. All 6th grade students in these schools are eligible for the study.

Weekly student group-mentoring sessions are the principal component of this study. These groups will be held during the school day and will be designed to increase social skills and encourage academic engagement, restraint, and problem-solving. A master's level professional will direct and conduct these intervention activities, which will employ the use of field trips, cooperative games, discussion of real-life situations, and role playing.

Students will also complete a 1-hour written survey each fall and spring from grades 6-8 about the program and about attitudes and behaviors related to school involvement and staying healthy and safe. Study staff will contact participants' teachers and review their past and current school records, including attendance, grades, and disciplinary information.

Parents may be asked to participate in group meetings and will complete in-person or telephone interviews (about 20 minutes each) about similar information over a 3-year period (6th grade to 8th grade).


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mentoring Behavioral: Group-mentoring intervention Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Group mentoring offers a potentially viable alternative to intensive one-on-one mentoring. However, no group mentoring programs have been evaluated. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a school-based, group-mentoring intervention designed to prevent aggressive and deviant behavior among early adolescents. Two successive cohorts of incoming 6th grade students from two inner-city Baltimore middle schools and their parents will be randomized to comparison group or intervention group consisting of weekly group-mentoring sessions for youth and persuasive communication and small-group media-development projects for parents.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Steppin' Up: Positive Youth Development Program
Study Start Date : July 23, 2003
Primary Completion Date : December 9, 2009
Study Completion Date : December 9, 2009
Arms and Interventions

Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Group-mentoring intervention
    Group mentoring used to teach social skills to middle school students

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Student fighting [ Time Frame: Immediate poste test, 12-month follow-up ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Academic engagement [ Time Frame: Immediate post test, 12-month follow-up ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

The population of interest for the randomized trial is 6th-grade students and their parents in two participating Baltimore middle schools. Participating schools are urban, inner-city schools located in neighborhoods with low SES and high rates of unemployment and crime.

Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00341224


Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), 9000 Rockville
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)