Initial Data & Surveys
Upon entering their first Teen AA meeting, students will be given three items: an identification number (for research purposes only), an envelope, and a survey. The facilitator of the meeting will assign each new student with a number, record the number with the respective student's name in a record book, and then write the number on top of the Teen AA Survey in the provided space. The purpose of the ID number is twofold. First, since the organization protects the anonymity of all students who attend, it's important for the students to answer the questions as honestly as possible. Second, to eliminate bias amongst the researchers or those who facilitate meetings, a coded variable helps eliminate any preconceptions or influences of promotion from the Teen AA intervention.
The Teen AA Survey follows the Manchester scale for collecting and organizing data. Students will be asked to complete a survey upon entering their first Teen AA meeting. Once completed, they will place the survey in the provided envelope and then seal it. Then, the students will be allowed to attend as many meetings as they like. However, upon entering their seventh meeting, they will be asked to complete the same Teen AA Survey where their respective scores will be compared to their initial responses.
For the second data collection period, the researcher or meeting facilitator will need to code the top of the survey with the same ID number as the originally assigned number given before their first meeting. Coded numbers can be recalled from the record book. When the second set of surveys is completed; each survey will be paired with its respective initial survey (at the conclusion of the meeting).