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ERIC Number: EJ1119506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Bringing Evidence-Based Sexual Health Programs to Adolescents in Black Churches: Applying Knowledge from Systematic Adaptation Frameworks
Weeks, Fiona H.; Powell, Terrinieka W.; Illangasekare, Samantha; Rice, Eric; Wilson, James; Hickman, Debra; Blum, Robert W.
Health Education & Behavior, v43 n6 p699-704 Dec 2016
Previous studies have documented Black churches' receptivity to implementing adolescent sexual health programs within their congregations. Some authors have argued for new sexual health programs to be designed specifically for churches, similar to the development of school- and community-based interventions. However, strategies and curricula used in secular settings may also be effective in influencing sexual behaviors among youth in churches. The current study examined the ways in which the phases of two theorized intervention adaptation frameworks were reflected in the desired key components of a church-based sexual health program. Participants in this community-based participatory research project were youth, parents, and faith leaders from nine Black churches in Baltimore, Maryland. Our findings suggest that the priorities of church stakeholders are consistent, rather than discordant, with the current paradigms of evidence-based sexual health programs and intervention adaptation. Future research and practical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland (Baltimore)
Grant or Contract Numbers: 5R21MD00599302