Learning Objectives: -Become familiar with the Latino youth smoking cessation curriculum -Learn about the process of developing a curriculum for Latino youth
Abstract: The growth in the population of Hispanic/Latino students is unparalled when compared with other demographic groups. Public health messages may be sufficiently conveyed in English to many Hispanic students, but there is a percentage of students that prefer messages conveyed in Spanish. There is a great need to reach Hispanic students with public health messages, including the dangers of smoking. However, there are limited resources to help Hispanic youth to quit smoking. In response to the need to help Latino youth quit smoking, Danya International Inc., with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has developed a multifaceted smoking-cessation program for Latino adolescents. The program will is being developed in English for youth who are bilingual or prefer communicating in English, and in Spanish for youth who only speak Spanish or are more comfortable communicating in Spanish. Both are designed to be culturally appropriate for Latinos. The program has been adapted and translated for Latinos from the youth program titled Adolescent Smoking Cessation Escaping Nicotine & Tobacco (ASCENT), which is based on cognitive learning theory and the stages of change continuum for ages 14 through 18. The complete intervention packet includes a six session curriculum, training manual, teen workbook, motivational video and facilitatorís video. Latino youth were involved in the development process, enabling the motivational video and curriculum to be specifically tailored to meet their needs. We would like to present an overview and key parts of the curriculum, and discuss the process of developing a curriculum for Latino youth.
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