Promoting Health Among Teens - Abstinence-Only Intervention
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
An 8-hour abstinence-based education program to reduce risky sexual behavior for African American youth by providing information on sexual risks and helping teens build negotiation, refusal, and problem solving skills for practicing abstinence.
- Sexual Risk Behaviors
- Cognitive-Behavioral Training
- Skills Training
- Community (e.g., religious, recreation)
Continuum of Intervention
- Universal Prevention (Entire Population)
- Early Adolescence (12-14) - Middle School
- Male and Female
- African American
- : Promising
Program Information Contact
- John B. Jemmott III
- University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Brief Description of the Program
The program is an 8-hour abstinence-based education intervention for African American teens that offers optional booster sessions and one-on-one meetings for up to two years following program completion. It aims to give 6th and 7th grade students accurate information on sexual risks and help participants build negotiation, refusal, and problem solving skills for practicing abstinence.
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Across the study period (Jemmott et al., 2010) found significant improvement among those assigned to the abstinence-only treatment group as compared to the control group in:
- sexual initiation
- recent sexual intercourse
The study included only African American students and did not disaggregate results by gender.
Risk and Protective Factors
- Individual: Problem solving skills, Refusal skills
Training and Technical Assistance
For information about ETR’s distributive learning process please see: http://www.etr.org/ebi/training-ta/professional-learning-services/
Training is two days. Participants are required to have the basic set materials for the program. The PHAT-AO cost per participant is $1,534 ($975 for training + $559 for facilitator guide and initial set of student workbooks). These costs do not include participant travel or lodging (if they come to a scheduled regional training). If an ETR trainer comes to the site for the training, the agency will need to pay trainer travel and lodging expenses.
All ETR trainings include the research based elements of pre-assessment, pre-work, skills development (including practice in facilitating specific curriculum elements), and follow-up support.
More information can also be found at: http://www.etr.org/solutions/professional-development/
Training Certification Process
ETR offers Training of Trainers sessions for seasoned program facilitators that will qualify them to train other educators in delivery of the program. Regional TOT sessions, in which participants provide their own transportation costs, average $2500 per participant.
Brief Evaluation Methodology
Jemmott, J. B., Jemmott, L. S., & Fong, G. T. (2010). Efficacy of a theory-based abstinence-only intervention over 24 months: A randomized controlled trial with young adolescents. Archive of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 164, 152-159.