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An Evaluation of An Abstinence Education Curriculum Series: Sex Can Wait

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Objective: To examine the effects of an abstinence education curriculum series on student outcomes. Methods: The series was taught at upper elementary, junior high, and high school levels. A questionnaire was administered to all intervention and comparison students before and after implementation of the curriculum. Results: At the upper elementary level, the curriculum group had better outcomes on knowledge, self-efficacy, and a more hopeful outlook; at the middle school level no differences; at the high school level, findings favored the curriculum group on attitude, behavioral intent, and sexual behavior variables. Conclusion: Results are encouraging and should be considered by those interested in helping young people postpone sexual involvement.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Health Education Projects Office/Program in Health Science, University Health Center, HLTH, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. 2: University Health Center, HLTH, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. 3: Health Promotion-Department of Kinesiology, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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