Evaluation

Dr. John Jemmott III served as the primary evaluator. Dr. Jemmott received his Ph.D. in Social psychology from the Department of Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard University. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania as the Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication, Director of the Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research in the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Professor of Communication in Psychiatry, in the School of Medicine. Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in risk behavior prevention research with adolescents, he has published over 60 articles and book chapters and has received numerous grants from the National Institute of Health to support his research.

Dr. Jemmott developed the Pre-Test and Post-Test for the Positive Choice Program. The Pre-Test is given at the beginning of the program, or at the participants' first encounter, to measure the participants' knowledge of risky behaviors, what risky behaviors they have experienced, and how risky behaviors will affect their lives now and in the future. The Post-Test is given after the completion of the program to measure participants' understanding and any changes in attitude and behavior toward risky behaviors, including premarital sexual activity and the use of drugs and alcohol. Finally, the Post-Test assesses the participants' commitment towards sexual abstinence at the end of the program.

DID YOU KNOW...
In the U.S., teens spend an average of six to seven hours each day with some form of media.