Posted by LambChop
According to Recovery.gov, the website for tracking stimulus funds, a Florida project created 0.91 jobs. The project involved a $400,000 grant to test a “mixed reality” game for 40 low-income Latina middle schoolers so they are better able to resist peer pressure to have sex. The emphasis was placed on Latinas because they have a pregnancy rate that is twice that of non-Hispanic whites.
The grant description:
“This ‘shovel ready,’ two-year project is guided by an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with an afterschool and summer camp program for low income, middle school children in predominately Latino community in Orlando, Florida. Game design is driven by a theoretical framework integrating social cognitive theory, the communication competence model, and Piaget's theory of cognitive development. The middle school years are targeted because this is an ideal point at which to intervene to delay initiation of intercourse. This study will test a prototype for a game that builds the skills that Latinas need to resist pressure to engage in intercourse when they are in middle school, thereby decreasing their risk for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Study results will also be helpful to other researchers developing technology-based health games designed to promote health.”