ERIC Number: EJ785309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
An Abstinence Program's Impact on Cognitive Mediators and Sexual Initiation
Weed, Stan E.; Ericksen, Irene H.; Lewis, Allen; Grant, Gale E.; Wibberly, Kathy H.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v32 n1 p60-73 Jan-Feb 2008
Objectives: To evaluate the impact of an abstinence education program on sexual intercourse initiation and on possible cognitive mediators of sexual initiation for virgin seventh graders in suburban Virginia. Methods: Measures of sexual behavior and 6 mediating variables were compared at 3 time periods for program participants and a matched comparison group (n=550), controlling for pretest differences. Results: At posttest, program students scored significantly better on 4 of the 6 mediators. After one year, program students had a substantially lower risk of sexual initiation than did comparison students (RR=0.457, P=0.008). Conclusion: The program achieved a significant reduction in teen sexual initiation, and the role of the cognitive mediators was supported.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Sexuality, Grade 7, Moral Values, At Risk Persons, Early Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Behavior Change, Cognitive Processes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia