Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive and Abstinence Only)

Blueprints recently certified Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive) and Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) programs as Promising. These two programs aim to intervene and prevent sexual involvement and risky sexual behaviors in adolescents through knowledge enhancement and skill building. Both theory-based interventions are facilitated by trained adults and involve group discussions, videos, games, and skill-building activities and practice. Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only), while using a non-moralistic tone, emphasizes increasing HIV/STI knowledge, strengthening the beliefs that abstinence can support goal attainment and prevent unwanted outcomes, and developing skills to problem solve and resist pressure. This version contains 8 one-hour modules implemented during two sessions. Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive) encompasses reinforcing safer sex attitudes and skills related to condom use as well as the education and training of Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only). This version is comprised of 12 one-hour modules delivered during three sessions.

The qualifying study was conducted between 2001 and 2004 in an urban setting with 662 African American students in grades 6 and 7. Participants were randomly assigned to one of five conditions: Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only), Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive), safer sex-only, condensed comprehensive, or health-promotion control. Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) and Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive) involved the components described above. The safer sex-only condition provided HIV/STI information, enhanced behavioral beliefs supporting condom use, and increased condom use skills throughout 8 one-hour sessions. The condensed comprehensive condition had similar content to Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive), but required only 8 hours. The health-promotion control condition focused on information and behaviors related to health topics other than sex.

Self-report questionnaires assessing sexual behavior were completed by participants before intervention, immediately post-intervention, and during follow-up at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after intervention. Survey data revealed encouraging, yet different, outcomes for Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) and Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive). Compared to participants in the health-promotion control condition, participants who received Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) were less likely to initiate sex at the 24-month follow-up. Moreover, throughout follow-up Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) participants had fewer recent sexual intercourse encounters. Despite not having a significant effect on sexual involvement, those who participated in Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive) were less likely to have multiple sexual partners than those in the health-promotion control condition.

Read the Program Fact Sheets...
Promoting Health Among Teens! (Comprehensive)
Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only)

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