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ERIC Number: EJ1113637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
The Effects of the "Yes You Can!" Curriculum on the Sexual Knowledge and Intent of Middle School Students
Donnelly, Joseph; Horn, Robert R.; Young, Michael; Ivanescu, Andrada E.
Journal of School Health, v86 n10 p759-765 Oct 2016
Background: The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of the "Yes You Can!" ("YYC") curriculum on sexual knowledge and behavioral intent of program participants. Methods: Participants included students ages 10-14 from schools in a northeast US urban area. "Yes You Can!" program lessons were designed to support healthy relationships. The curriculum was taught by trained instructors. The testing instrument was a 30-item questionnaire, which included sexual knowledge and intent items. Students completed the questionnaire before program implementation, immediately following intervention, and a third time at follow-up. Data were analyzed using analysis of covariance. Pretest knowledge scores were used as the covariate for the knowledge analyses. Pretest intent scores were used as the covariate for the intent analyses. Results: Results showed the intervention group had less intent to engage in sexual intercourse than the control group at post-test (p < 0.001) and at follow-up (p < 0.001). Similarly, the intervention group had higher knowledge scores than the control group at post-test (p < 0.001) and at follow-up (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Results indicate that the "YYC" program had a statistically significant, positive impact on knowledge and sexual intent. These variables are important precursors to actual behavior. Future research should examine the effects of the program on changes in sexual behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)
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