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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

Air Power

American Institutes for Research

Palo Alto, CA

Sandra R. Wilson, PhD

(650) 853-2898         

wilsons@pamfri.org

Air Power was implemented in 1977 in Santa Clara and San Jose, CA. Children ages 9-13 years and their parents were recruited to participate. Air Power consisted of four one-hour sessions that were conducted on a weekly basis with small groups of children, with four separate, but parallel sessions for their parents. Each children's session had three components: information giving, group discussion, and relaxation training. Integration of all three instructional approaches into each session provided a variety of learning experiences designed to sustain interest and promote behavior change. Developmentally appropriate instructional activities focused on teaching children to become competent in the day-to-day self-management of their asthma. The parents' program focused on helping parents become active supporters of their children's independent self-management efforts.

Self-management skills were significantly improved at a nine month post-treatment evaluation. Following this evaluation, Air Power was revised slightly and fully documented in the form in which it was published by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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