Learning Objectives: Identify what combination of primary caregiver and youth participatory behaviors contribute to empowerment efficacy among teens involved in tobacco prevention programs.
Abstract: Title: Preliminary Results from a Youth Empowerment Tobacco Prevention Program Evaluation
Problem/Objective: The University of New Mexico’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention through funding from the American Legacy Foundation is currently conducting an evaluation of tobacco programs that aim to empower New Mexico’s multi-ethnic youth. The objective of this presentation is to provide conference participants with preliminary formative evaluation results from pilot data. This presentation will address the following research questions:
1) What combination of demographic predictors, family modeling of tobacco products and peer influences are associated with teen tobacco use?
2) What combination of primary caregiver and teen participatory behaviors contribute to empowerment efficacy among youth involved in tobacco prevention programs?
METHODS: Evaluation data come from surveys conducted with youth empowerment program participants in the state of New Mexico. Data analysis will focus on logistic and multiple regressions.
RESULTS: Logistic regression will reveal what predictors increased or decreased the odds of a teen using tobacco products. Multiple regression will reveal what predictors contribute to increased empowerment efficacy among youth involved in tobacco prevention programs.
Discussion: The effectiveness of youth tobacco prevention programs is key to addressing tobacco related health disparities in minority populations. By identifying the predictors that contribute to empowerment efficacy among participants, we will make recommendations regarding how youth empowerment programs can foster leadership qualities among adolescents. In addition, these findings will enhance our understanding of elements contributing to tobacco use among multi-ethnic teens.
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