Promoting Health Among Teens!-Abstinence Only Version
Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only, 1st Edition Implementation Kit
329 page Facilitator Curriculum
Activity Set (comprised of hand-outs, role-plays and posters)
Required Curriculum DVD Set
- The Subject Is: HIV (Abstinence Version)
- The Subject Is: STDs (Abstinence Version)
- The Subject Is: Puberty (Abstinence Version)
- Tanisha & Shay
1 Sample Workbook
Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., John B. Jemmott III, Ph.D.
Overview of the Curriculum
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
Implementation of the Curriculum
"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.
Format & 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.
Below is an outline of the curriculum modules:
“Getting to Know You and Steps to Making Your Dreams Come True”
“Puberty and Adolescent Sexuality”
“Making Abstinence Work for Me”
“The Consequences of Sex: HIV/AIDS”
“The Consequences of Sex: Sexually Transmitted Diseases”
“The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy”
“Improving Sexual Choices and Negotiation”
“Role-Plays: Refusal and Negotiation Skills”
The curriculum requires the use of a TV and DVD player or a computer.
Types of Activities
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.
Theoretical Framework used in "Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only"
"Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only" draws upon these three theories: Social-Cognitive Theory, the Theory of Reasoned Action and the Theory of Planned Behavior. These theories have been shown to be of great value to understanding a wide range of health-related behaviors. All three theories emphasize the importance of beliefs about whether a given behavior will have negative or positive consequences.
Samples of Included DVDs:
The Subject is: STDs
Tanisha & Shay
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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