This project aims to develop a tailored behavior change expert system intervention to promote and maintain good oral health and prevent oral diseases among low-income area children and their caregivers.
Aim 1. Design and produce a self-help, interactive, multimedia, state-of-the-science, tailored, theory-driven, behavior change expert system (ES) intervention to promote oral health and prevent oral diseases in caregivers and their young children.
Aim 2. Implement a pilot study to assess the feasibility and usability of the ES intervention and a comparison health information intervention in a sample of caregivers.
Aim 3. Evaluate longitudinally the efficacy of the interventions on achieving the 2010 Oral Health Objectives.
Aim 4. Examine the extent to which the clinical outcomes of this project are mediated by a) the affective, evaluative, and situational individual factors influenced by the tailored intervention or by b) broader psychosocial factors addressed in other projects of the Detroit Center for Research on Oral Health Disparities.
994 African American caregivers of children age 2 to 7 living in Detroit.