A preliminary evaluation of an abstinence-oriented empowerment program for public school youth
Abbreviated Journal Title
Res. Soc. Work. Pract.
adolescent; pregnancy; abstinence-oriented sex education; evaluation; CONTRACEPTIVE BEHAVIOR; ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY; SEXUAL INTERCOURSE; PEER; PRESSURE; ATTITUDES; PERCEPTIONS; PREVENTION; INITIATION; OUTCOMES; TRIALS; Social Work
Objective: This article describes the process and outcomes of an abstinence-orientated empowerment program that was delivered to an adolescent multicultural population. Method: The study employed a time-limited pretest-posttest OXO design with an N of 130 drawn from youth in public schools from fifth grade to ninth grade. A paired-samples t test was utilized. Effect size was calculated using Cohen's d. Results: Statistically significant differences between the pre- and posttest scores of the treatment group were found for all study variables. Effect sizes were small. Conclusions: Outcomes suggest that a psychoeducational approach that is based on a developmental assets model may be a desirable strategy for those working to help teens to reduce high-risk behaviors.
Research on Social Work Practice
"A preliminary evaluation of an abstinence-oriented empowerment program for public school youth" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 44.