Agency information collection activities: Submission for OMB review; comment request,


[Federal Register: July 7, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 129)]


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National Institutes of Health

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Preventing Problem Behavior Among Middle School Students

SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 26, 1999, pages 3955-3956 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institute of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Proposed Collection

Title: Preventing Problem Behavior Among Middle School Students.

Type of Information Collection Request: Revision, OMB Number 0925- 0436, Expiration Date 9/30/99.

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 student (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: Occasional.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; State, Local or Tribal Government.

Type or Respondents: Children and their parents. The annual reporting burden follows: Estimated number of respondents: 1450; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.3; Average Burden Per Response (hrs.): .75; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 988. The Annualized Cost to Respondents (based on $10.00 per hour): $9.883. 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: (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

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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 technical collection techniques for other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: 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 Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 7B05, 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 30 days of the date of this publication.

Dated: June 29, 1999. Michael H. Rosenthal, Acting Executive Officer, NICHD.

[FR Doc. 99-17229Filed7-6-99; 8:45 am]