ERIC Number: ED351629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Process and Pitfalls of Developing a Culturally Relevant Curriculum To Reduce AIDS among Sexually Active Teenagers: The Take 5 Project.
Gillmore, Mary R.; And Others
Several studies have shown that adolescents have reasonably high levels of knowledge about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) transmission and prevention, yet they still engage in risky sexual activities. In response to this dilemma, a theoretically and empirically grounded intervention which went beyond presenting facts and figures was developed and tested. The curriculum provides basic information about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but it also attempts to counter negative beliefs about condom use, reinforce positive ones, and includes skills training for discussing and negotiating condom use with a partner. The materials are intended for hetereosexually active adolescents at high risk of contracting AIDS and other STDs. The curriculum was based on the theory of reasoned action and social learning and cognition theories. The curriculum consists of three components: a comic book which presents basic information; a videotape in which teenage actors model skills for negotiating condom use with a partner; and a group skills training in which skills are modeled by peer facilitators and where participants engage in role playing and receive feedback on their performances. The skills training curriculum is intended for small groups from 6 to 12 adolescents and is led by an adult and two peer facilitators. The curriculum was designed to be appropriate for African American and white hetereosexually active adolescents. Reactions from the earliest study participants have been uniformly positive. (Contains 14 references.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. on Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Take 5 Project WA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (73rd, San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).