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"Music with a Message:" A Proposed Evaluation Model for the KRUNK Movement Health Initiative for Youth

Nicholson, Kimberly Yolanda (2007) "Music with a Message:" A Proposed Evaluation Model for the KRUNK Movement Health Initiative for Youth. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Adolescent health is a growing concern among professionals since it has been shown that the majority of deaths and disabilities that occur in this age group are largely determined by behaviors. Many adolescents engage in risky behaviors such as early sexual promiscuity, substance abuse and violence, which can have long lasting or permanent consequences. In order to significantly reduce the incidence of health disparities in these areas, public health interventions must be innovative, specific and comprehensive in addressing the behaviors that lead to such issues. It is also imperative that existing interventions address barriers many youth face including lack of knowledge and empowerment about the negative effects of risky behavior. Although challenges remain in educating and promoting health services to an ever-changing adolescent population, interventionists should focus on identifying the causes of early initiation of risky behaviors and the rationale behind why they continue. This is of public health significance because there are a number of health issues facing at-risk youth in underserved populations such as early sexual behavior, violence and substance abuse. Interventions will be identified utilizing music as a mechanism to inform youth about healthy behaviors. Adolescents are influenced by music and other forms of media which has a direct effect on their behavior. The influences of hip-hop music and its effects among adolescent behavior will be discussed. A qualitative evaluation strategy is proposed for the KRUNK Movement health initiative for youth located in the greater Pittsburgh area.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nicholson, Kimberly
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberLombardi,
Committee MemberSharma, Ravi Krks1946@pitt.eduRKS1946
Date: 26 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 April 2007
Approval Date: 26 June 2007
Submission Date: 26 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: drug use; early sexual behavior; hip-hop music; violence; adolescent health; evaluation
Other ID:, etd-04262007-124102
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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