Agency information collection activities: Proposed collection; comment request,


[Federal Register: January 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 16)]


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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Proposed Collection: Comment Request; Preventing Problem Behavior Among Middle School Students

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act, for the opportunity for public comment on the proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.


Title: Preventing Problem Behavior Among Middle School Students.

Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, OMB Number 0925- 0436, Expiration Date 6/30/99.

Need and Use of Information Collection: The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of a comprehensive program of interventions that include participatory classroom curriculum, parent education and enhanced school environment. Middle schools in one school district in Maryland were assigned to either a special intervention treatment condition or usual education (control) condition. The intervention is sequentially structured with curricula implemented in each grade of middle school. Classroom-administered questionnaires were administered to all middle schools prior to the intervention to establish baseline levels of the variables of interest, including substance use, school misconduct, parent and peer influences, and school climate. Data is collected annually after the completion of the grade level intervention. Information about parenting style will be collected on a sample of parents of participating student using telephone interviews.

As of the expiration of the current OMB approval, data will have been collected on one cohort of middle school students annually throughout middle school (6-8 grade) and two years of data collection on the second cohort of students (grades 6 and 7). Completion of the study as proposed includes collecting data on the second cohort in grade 8 and follow-up measurement of both cohorts in grade 9. Data will also be collected on a sample of parents.

Frequency of Response: Data will be collected 2 times over a two- year period.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, local or Tribal Governments.

Type of Respondents: Children and their parents.

Respondent and Burden Estimate Information:

Estimated number of

Estimated Estimated annual

Average total annual Type of respondent

number of responses burden hours burden hours respondents per per response requested respondent

Children in Cohort 1....................................




1248 Children in Cohort 2....................................




1264 Parents.................................................






3010 ............ ............


Annualized cost to respondents (based on $10.00 per hour): $28,870.00.

There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs, and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points:

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(1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques for other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, Chief, Prevention Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Building 6100, Room 7B05, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510 or call non-toll free number (301) 496-1126 or E-mail your request, including your return address to

COMMENT DUE DATE: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

Dated: January 18, 1999. Benjamin Fulton, Executive Officer, NICHD.

[FR Doc. 99-1728Filed1-25-99; 8:45 am]