ERIC Number: ED252774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Health Decision Making Skills of Adolescents.
Nelson, Gary D.
Although the development of rational decision making skills among school age populations has been identified as a goal of school health education programs, few measurement tools or methods exist to assess such skills. In order to develop an instrument for assessing adolescent health decision-making skills, a preliminary health decision making index was developed, and differences in selected health decision making skills and characteristics of adolescent alcohol users and nonusers were analyzed. The instrument was pilot tested among fifth (N=17) and tenth (N=52) grade students. Results of external peer review of content validity, using Likert and Q-sort techniques, indicated that the instrument appears to be consistent in the skills rated important and not important. The reviews also indicated that evaluating source credibility and accuracy of information, and determining ownership of the problem or decision were skills not adequately represented. Results of the field test showed that the school age subjects had little difficulty responding to the instrument, and that it appears to be capable of detecting developmental differences. (Numerous tables illustrating the results and the Health Decision Making Index are included). (BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Health Decision Making Index
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).