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ERIC Number: ED408538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Safer Sex Workshops for Enhancing Self-Esteem.
Biddington, Carol M.
Although the mechanisms of transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are well known, the elimination of HIV infections remains a major social problem. While traditional education techniques have been effective in increasing knowledge levels, they have not been adequate in changing sexual behavior. Since students' self-esteem plays a major role in determining behavior, the effects of skill-building activities on the self-esteem of students who participated in safer-sex workshops is investigated here. Students (N=145) at California University of Pennsylvania were administered a self-esteem survey one week before and one week after the safer-sex workshop. In the workshop, students participated in a variety of activities, such as role playing, which were aimed at raising participants' self-esteem. Survey data indicated that the skill-building activities used in the study produced a reliable increase in the self-esteem of the students. Females scored higher on the posttest than the pretest and males scored higher than females on both tests. Even though the workshop proved to be a comprehensive intervention, there is a concern for the long-term effect of the workshop on the students' self-esteem. Changes in self-esteem should be tracked, and it is recommended that those students involved in the study should be surveyed at a later date to determine the retention of increased self-esteem. Five appendices present the workshop activities. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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