Promoting Health Among Teens!-Abstinence Only


Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only, 1st Edition Implementation Kit


  • Facilitator Curriculum

    (329 pages)

  • Activity Set

    (hand-outs, role-plays, posters)

  • Curriculum DVDs

    - Tanisha & Shay
    - The Subject Is: HIV (Abstinence-Only)
    - The Subject Is: STDs (Abstinence-Only)
    - The Subject Is: Puberty (Abstinence-Only)

  • 1 Sample Workbook
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Program Features

8 modules (1-hour each)
School & Community Setting
Middle-High School Youth
Abstinence-Only Pregnancy/HIV/STD Prevention Program
*Parent-Child Assignments Included


Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D.


In the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" curriculum, students learn about puberty, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as HIV, and pregnancy prevention. This is a very lively, exciting curriculum for students that is not a sit down and listen kind of program. It is very interactive and student-centric. Students participate in Talking Circles, Brainstorming, and Role-Plays. The program also includes DVDs, exercises, and games that make learning enjoyable. Most activities are brief and can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. The information is serious and important, but presented in a way that students can learn together and enjoy themselves. Participants who completed the program in the Jemmotts’ study stated that they had a good time, learned a lot and would recommend the program to their friends.


After participating in the curriculum, students will be better able to:

  • Recognize Abstinence as the best way to avoid Pregnancy and HIV/STDs
  • View Abstinence as a positive choice
  • Recognize teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STDs as obstacles to their goals and dreams
  • Respond with confidence to pressures to have sex


Participants: "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" was designed to be used with small groups of adolescents in an urban area but can be adapted to be used with larger numbers of participants in rural areas as well. The curriculum can be implemented in various community settings, including schools or youth-serving agencies.

Length: The "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" program is divided into eight 1-hour modules. Each module is set up in the same way. You should become familiar with the basic layout of the modules. This will help you get the most out of the information offered to you and help you use it effectively.

Program Modules

  • Module 1: Getting to Know You and Steps to Making Your Dreams Come True
  • Module 2: Puberty and Adolescent Sexuality
  • Module 3: Making Abstinence Work for Me
  • Module 4: The Consequences of Sex: HIV/AIDS
  • Module 5: The Consequences of Sex: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Module 6: The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy
  • Module 7: Improving Sexual Choices and Negotiation
  • Module 8: Role-Plays: Refusal and Negotiation Skills


The "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" program includes learning activities such as small group discussions, videos, games, role-plays and homework assignments. Activities are designed to help teens get the skills they need to negotiate and practice abstinence. These activities make teens aware of how choices about their sexual behavior can affect their health. The activities show that abstinence is the best way to avoid pregnancy and STDs, like HIV and AIDS.

Special Considerations

The curriculum requires the use of a TV and DVD player or a computer.

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Sample Curriculum

Sample DVD Clips

Research Overview

In the original study, a randomized control trial was conducted to test the effects of the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence Only" intervention. In the research study, African American students in grades 6 and 7 were randomly assigned to an 8-hour abstinence-only intervention, an 8-hour safer sex–only intervention, an 8- or 12-hour combined abstinence and safer-sex intervention, or an 8-hour health-promotion control group. The programs were facilitated by minority facilitators--all who were African American, and one Puerto Rican individual.


The participants who received the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" Intervention reported:

  • A reduction in the incidence of recent sexual intercourse over the past 3 months at the 3-, 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-month follow-ups.
  • A significant reduction in sexual initiation by the 24-month follow-up (33.5% in the abstinence-only intervention as compared to 48.5% in the control group).
  • The curriculum delayed sexual experience among virgins. Among the participants who reported no previous sexual experience at the baseline, the students who received the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only"Intervention, were less likely to report having sexual intercourse at the 3-month follow up than those in the control group.

Other Significant Findings

The adolescents who received the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" Intervention believed more strongly that practicing abstinence would prevent pregnancy and AIDS, expressed less favorable attitudes toward sexual intercourse, and reported weaker intentions of having sexual intercourse over the next three months than did those in the control group.
Adolescents who received the "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only"Intervention also believed more strongly that practicing abstinence would help them achieve their career goals than did those in the control group.

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