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Related ResearchDuring a historic 1987 meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, the Association became committed to examining more fully the impact of its prevention/wellness programs upon participants. The outgrowth of this commitment was NATI’s National Prevention Study. This prevention study enabled teen institutes across the nation to better fulfill the needs and to measure the impacts of their programs. Dr. Richard L. Schnell, Assistant Professor of Counseling, directed the SUNY Plattsburgh Prevention Research Project. Dr. Zoanne K. Schnell, Associate Professor of Nursing, served as the Principal Investigator and Sr. Researcher for the prevention research project. The research was funded by grants from NATI and The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Albany, NY. The Prevention Research Project was affiliated with the State University of New York Plattsburgh’s graduate Counseling Program and the Center for Human Resources.
In 2000 NATI began an evaluation process to become an “evidence-based” model program accepted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Model Programs are well-implemented, well-evaluated programs, meaning they have been reviewed by the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) according to rigorous standards of research. Several teen institutes are conducting their own evaluation process based on Icek Ajzen’s (1988, 1991) Theory of Planned Behavior, which says that human action is guided by five constructs: behavioral beliefs; attitudes; normative beliefs; control beliefs; and perceived control. According to Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), increasing knowledge alone does not help to change behavior much. Youth programs seeking to change behaviors must focus on attitudes, perceived norms and control in making the change to have better results.
In 2005, NATI began to work with Dr. David R. Black of Purdue University to conduct a meta-analysis of several Teen Institutes across the country that follow the Teen Institute Model Framework. The Association is working with Dr. Black to interpret and disseminate the results to membership.
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