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Continuing its work with academia, MEE partnered with Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University on this 2-year project funded by the National Institutes of Health, through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program. MEE developed a new multimedia project for eventual commercial distribution, with the focus on improving communication between parents and their teen children. The foundation of the project content was a face-to-face workshop (Project STYLE) that was developed by psychologists at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University and demonstrated efficacy in a NIMH randomized trial.
MEE developed an interactive DVD package, a customized Website and user workbooks for both parents and adolescents. MEE also produced a short film designed to add the educational elements needed to reduce sexual risk behavior and substance use among urban African American youth. Improving parent-adolescent communication, parental monitoring and the quality of parent/adolescent interactions were addressed in the new video content.
MEE also developed and evaluated the supporting materials for the DVD, along with new video content dealing with increasing parent and adolescent knowledge of HIV/STD information, parental monitoring, substance use, and adolescent risk reduction. Product-feasibility testing was done in both Philadelphia and Providence, RI with dyads of African American parents and their teens.