Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 229–238 | Cite as

Implementation and Assessment of an Empirically Validated Intervention Program to Prevent Tobacco Use Among African-American Middle-School Youth

  • Arnold E. MetzJr.
  • Bernard F. Fuemmeler
  • Ronald T. BrownEmail author

Evaluated Project Towards No Tobacco Use (TNT), a tobacco-use prevention program delivered in schools with primarily African-American students. Students were assigned randomly by classroom to either the intervention (n=58) or to a no-treatment control group (n=40). Students in the intervention group received a curriculum-based program over the course of 10 sessions. Pre-and post-assessments of tobacco knowledge, attitudes, communication, peer refusal, and smoking tendency were gathered. Students in the intervention group differed from their peers in the control group by evidencing greater knowledge and communication skills. We found this tobacco-use prevention program useful for African-American students.


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The authors acknowledge Susan Craig for her kind assistance in the provision of training for the intervention; Steven Sussman, Ph.D., for his consultation and support on the project; and John Thompson, Health Education Director of Brentwood Middle School, Charleston, SC, without whose gracious assistance this project would never have been possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold E. MetzJr.
    • 1
  • Bernard F. Fuemmeler
    • 2
  • Ronald T. Brown
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Medical University of South CarolinaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.National Cancer InstituteDivision of Cancer PreventionPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Temple UniversityDepartments of Public Health, Psychology and PediatricsPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Ph.D; College of Health ProfessionsTemple University, 300 Jones HallPhiladelphiaUSA

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