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Periodical Title

Journal of Adolescent and Family Health

Volume

6

Number

1

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

January 2014

Abstract

The widely implemented Life On Point youth development program is intended to promote youths’ psychosocial development and resistance to health risk behaviors. The program was evaluated following an experimental design, with 77 middle school students randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. ANCOVA analysis of pre- and post-program questionnaire data revealed significant, positive differences between program and control group participants on measures of the program’s targeted outcomes, both in terms of statistical significance and substantial effect sizes. Consistent with previous research, control group participants’ outcome indicators worsened over the course of the evaluation, suggesting that Life On Point and similar positive youth development programs insulate against threats to, as well as promoting, youths’ psychosocial development.

Cover Page Footnote

Christopher S. Horne is Associate Professor of Public Administration at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an independent evaluation consultant. The author conducted the evaluation reported here as an external evaluator under contract with On Point. The research was conducted under oversight of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Institutional Review Board (IRB #11-125). The author may be contacted at Christopher-Horne@utc.edu.

Subject

Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene

Keyword

experimental design; outcome evaluation; positive youth development

Discipline

Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

Document Type

articles

Extent

13 leaves

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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