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An Abstinence Program's Impact on Cognitive Mediators and Sexual Initiation

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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=.457, P=.008).

Conclusion : The program achieved a significant reduction in teen sexual initiation, and the role of the cognitive mediators was supported.
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Keywords: STDs; abstinence; program evaluation; sex education; teen pregnancy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Director, Institute for Research and Evaluation, Salt Lake City, UT.

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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