Due to the age, length, and lack of psychometric information for the MMCSHE instruments, the evaluation team deemed the content and format of these surveys to be unsuitable for use in Alabama.
Faculty researchers worked closely with the coordinators of health services, special education, and middle schools to draft survey items compatible with MMCSHE curriculum content.
The MMCSHE Student Survey contained three sections: Drug Use, Drug Knowledge and Attitudes, and Preventing Violence.
They completed the MMCSHE Student Survey in March 2002.
Four processes supported the content validity of the instrument as it relates to selected components of the MMCSHE. These included a (1) review of the professional literature on drug and health education; (2) participation by university faculty members with nationally recognized expertise in addiction and school counseling, social work, school health education, and educational research and measurement; (3) development of items compatible with lesson content in the selected components of the MMCSHE; and (4) review of items by public school faculty and parents who served on the school health program advisory committee.
The purpose of the instrument is to assess students' predisposing factors related to use of alcohol, drugs, and violent acts as part of implementation of the Michigan Model of Comprehensive School Health Education (MMCSHE).
MMCSHE student survey data were considered within a larger context, by comparison to data obtained from other sources (the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Middle School Questionnaire, school system incident reports, ALLTURS [RTI International/American Legacy], and the PRIDE questionnaire for grades 6-12).