The schoolgirls will interact with realistic computer-generated characters that speak and respond to them in real-life scenarios. The interactor remains hidden, often in a remote location, during game play.
Norris cites many reasons for focusing on Looking for quality person Latina adolescents, age Low-income Latinas have higher teen birth rates and higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases than their white peers.
The best time to teach girls abstinence and peer-resistance skills is during middle school — those approaches are less effective once girls become sexually active. And many Latina girls may lack role models who can help them learn how to resist peer pressure.
And families with younger adolescent mothers can be hit harder financially. The game is intended to be played in after-school and youth outreach programs run by trained teachers and counselors. To develop the game characters, Norris and her team are collecting data from focus groups of Latina students Hot single pussy in Modesto nc in the City of Lady wants sex FL Orlando 32826 After-School All-Stars program based at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.
The girls provided the UCF researchers with real-world scenarios, as well as words, phrases and gestures they actually encounter at school and in social circles. Before students could participate in the research, parents ed consent forms.
Students and parents were informed that they can decide to stop participating at any time during the project. After the game is developed, it will be tested on a small group of Latina girls.
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Their progress will be studied three, six and nine months after they start playing the game. While the peer-resistance computer game is focused on young adolescent Latinas, all middle schoolers could benefit.
If the game is successful for these girls, Norris plans to develop a similar game for boys and girls of other ethnicities.