ERIC Number: EJ835743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
Evaluating Brief Group Interventions in Sexuality Education and Enhancement: Do Workshops Really Work?
Barratt, Barnaby B.
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v3 n4 p323-343 Dec 2008
Despite the growing popularity of brief group interventions (weekend workshops, sexuality attitude reassessment seminars, and other formats) since the 1960s, there is a paucity of evaluative evidence as to their effectiveness. An abundance of anecdotal testimony suggests these interventions may have powerful and lasting impact on individual participants. The related scientific investigations on attitudinal change and group dynamics, in contexts outside the field of sexual health, offer many reasons to support the proposition that brief group interventions in this field, if conducted with an attentiveness to the many factors that can influence outcome, could be highly efficacious. Five programmatic suggestions are offered to guide future outcome studies. These include proposals concerning the need for collaboration, for improved qualitative as well as quantitative methods, for longitudinal designs, for the use of technology, and for the content of evaluative measures that assess effectiveness.
Descriptors: Investigations, Outcomes of Treatment, Group Dynamics, Workshops, Sexuality, Scientific Methodology, Attitude Change, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Sex Education, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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