The television school and family smoking prevention and cessation project. 1. Theoretical basis and program development

Prev Med. 1988 Sep;17(5):585-607. doi: 10.1016/0091-7435(88)90053-9.


Program development processes for the Television, School, and Family Project, a school-based smoking prevention and cessation project, are presented in this article. We first review applications of social-psychological and communications theory to school-based and mass media program development. These include the three broad areas of (a) mediators of mass media effects on behavior change, (b) the social influences approach to smoking prevention, and (c) a self-management and social support approach to smoking cessation. A program development model for school-based mass media efficacy trials, with a summary of formative research and pilot study processes, is then presented. The importance of reciprocal support among school district administrators, project research staff, and television station personnel is emphasized with recommendations for future research and demonstration efforts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • California
  • Curriculum
  • Family
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Pilot Projects
  • School Health Services
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Television*