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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 4/2020

17-12-2019 | Original Paper

Evaluation of an Online Sexual Health Program among Adolescent Girls with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties

Auteurs: Kristyn Kamke, Laura Widman, Sarah L. Desmarais

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 4/2020

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Abstract

Objectives

Adolescent girls with emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBDs) have a heightened risk of negative sexual health, including HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancy. Few evidence-based sexual health interventions are available for adolescent girls with EBDs. This study tested the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a brief, online sexual health program called HEART (Health Education and Relationship Training).

Methods

Forty-seven participants (M-age = 15.79; SD = 1.71; 62% Black, 23% Hispanic) recruited from community-based organizations in the southeastern U.S. were compared to a non-equivalent comparison group who received an attention-matched intervention.

Results

Findings support the feasibility of participant recruitment and program administration in community-based settings. Participants completed HEART in 44 min and experienced few technological difficulties. HEART was highly acceptable: most participants liked, learned from, and were engaged with the program. Further, 92% would recommend HEART to a friend and 98% would use what they learned in the future. At posttest, intervention participants had significantly higher communication intentions, communication skills, STI/HIV knowledge, sexual self-efficacy, condom attitudes, and condom norms than the comparison group (ps < 0.003; effect size ds= 0.38–1.65). Significant improvement in condom intentions was observed when comparing pretest to posttest scores among intervention participants only, t(46) = −3.21, d= 0.47.

Conclusions

Findings support the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of HEART among adolescent girls with EBDs in community-based settings. This study also addresses the growing need for research into the transferability of sexual health interventions to facilitate evidence-based decision-making about program dissemination and implementation.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Evaluation of an Online Sexual Health Program among Adolescent Girls with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
Auteurs
Kristyn Kamke
Laura Widman
Sarah L. Desmarais
Publicatiedatum
17-12-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 4/2020
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01685-1

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