Knowledge, attitudes, and commitment concerning evidence-based prevention programs: Differences between family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development educators

Daniel F. Perkins, Sarah Meyer Chilenski, Jonathan R. Olson, Claudia C. Mincemoyer, Richard Spoth

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Abstract

We describe the results of a study designed to assess knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes towards evidence-based and other prevention programs among county Extension educators. We examined differences across educators from Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and 4-H Youth Development. Analyses based on a multi-state sample of educators revealed significant differences such that, compared to their 4-H counterparts, FCS educators were more knowledgeable of evidence-based programs and had more favorable perceptions and attitudes towards evidence-based and other prepackaged prevention programs. These findings suggest that Extension administrators should work to encourage the use of evidence-based and other prevention programs, particularly within 4-H.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 3FEA6
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume52
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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