ERIC Number: EJ852594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Computeen: A Randomized Trial of a Preventive Computer and Psychosocial Skills Curriculum for At-Risk Adolescents
Lang, Jason M.; Waterman, Jill; Baker, Bruce L.
Journal of Primary Prevention, v30 n5 p587-603 Sep 2009
Computeen, a preventive technology and psychosocial skills development program for at-risk adolescents, was designed to improve computer skills, self-esteem, and school attitudes, and reduce behavior problems, by combining elements of community-based and empirically supported prevention programs. Fifty-five mostly Latino adolescents from 12 to 16 years old who were living in affordable housing communities participated in this randomized wait-list control study. Results showed considerable improvements in computer self-efficacy, decreases in internalizing behavior problems, and excellent attendance and consumer satisfaction. Self-esteem and school motivation results were mixed. Computer self-efficacy mediated the relationship between improved computer skills and self-esteem. Younger adolescents showed greater improvement than did older adolescents. Editors' Strategic Implications: Although there are limitations to this study's sample size and scope, Computeen appears promising as a developmentally appropriate, strengths-based prevention program.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, School Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Prevention, Adolescents, Housing, At Risk Students, Latin Americans, Computers, Program Effectiveness, Age Differences, Individual Development
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Identifiers - Location: United States