Date of Submission

Spring 2014

Academic Programs and Concentrations


Project Advisor 1

Barbara Luka

Abstract/Artist's Statement


The purpose of my research proposal is to build adolescents’ self-efficacy and increase

their decision-making abilities through an intervention program. The proposed intervention

would work in conjunction with services offered through pregnancy resource centers (PRCs),

nonprofit organizations that serve members of our communities. Services offered to adolescents

through these organizations should be expanded to more comprehensively meet the needs of this

population. Adolescents who participate in this program would be randomly assigned to either

the intervention group or the control group. Assessments for the program would occur at three

time points: pre-intervention, post-intervention, and one year post-intervention. The literature

on self-efficacy provides a rationale for my primary hypothesis that self-efficacy scores post-

intervention will be significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group. To

my knowledge, this is the first program of its kind designed as a service for PRCs to offer their


Keywords: adolescents; self-efficacy; decision-making; risk-taking; brain development; peer

influence; pregnancy resource centers; adolescent intervention programs

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