Comparing Two Multimedia Science of Addiction Courses
Product Developed: moderator's guides and interactive computer program for science of addiction education curriculum
Target Audience: fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from African American churches
Goal: This grant evaluated the effectiveness of presenting educational materials via traditional instructional techniques versus embedding the curriculum into a narrative story line. Program staff worked closely with substance abuse researchers, curriculum development experts, and members of the clergy to produce scripts that are educationally sound, scientifically accurate, and suitable for presentation within a faith setting. Analysis indicated that children from both experimental groups demonstrated immediate gains, but those who viewed the didactic format retained their knowledge over an eight-month follow-up period.
Churches throughout Missouri have enthusiastically implemented the program. In addition, Dr. Epstein has partnered with Committed Caring Faith Communities to facilitate dissemination. The group has been responsible for disseminating the program across the nation.
Space Scouts: A Collaboration Between University Researchers and African American Churches, Epstein, J., et al., (2007) Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 6(1), 31-43.
A Longitudinal Comparison of Two Versions of an Interactive Multimedia Substance Abuse Education Program, Epstein, et al., (2009) Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, (In Press).
Contact: Joel Epstein, Ph.D.
Missouri Institute of Mental Health