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Evaluating effectiveness of abstinence education

Title: Evaluating effectiveness of abstinence education.
Name(s): Smith, Thomas E., author
Panisch, Lisa S., author
Malespin, Thallia, author
Pereira, Maria da Graca, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-06-17
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose: This study examined the effectiveness of an abstinence education program that was sensitive to federally mandated curriculum and measures. Methods: The intervention was delivered to 5,772 middle school and high school students. Effectiveness was assessed 10 by a measure that was anchored on A-H themes, which are components of federally mandated curricular components of abstinence education. To better understand the relationship of different variables and determine the significance of student’s improvements on the A-H measure scores, the ANCOVA was used with the pretest score 15 and age as covariates and the use of gender and ethnicity as fixed factors in the analysis. Results: While controlling for the effects of the pretest, the analyses showed that age and gender were main effects but that ethnicity did not prove to be related to the outcome scores. Results demonstrated that the effectiveness of the program 20 decreased as adolescent boys aged. There were no significant interactions in the gender and ethnicity variables. Conclusions: The findings of this study will be beneficial to program developers in understanding what variations and demographics are most receptive to this particular abstinence-only education model. Further studies in 25 this area are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of currently available programs.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1498264506_4d5bdf13 (IID), DOI:10.1080/23761407.2017.1340860 (DOI)
Keywords: Abstinence education, Themes and components, Evaluation
Publication Note: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work on 06-17-2017, available online:”.
Preferred Citation: Smith, T. E., Panisch, L. S., Malespin, T., & Pereira, M. G. (2017). Evaluating effectiveness of abstinence education. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work.

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Smith, T. E., Panisch, L. S., Malespin, T., & Pereira, M. da G. (2017). Evaluating effectiveness of abstinence education. Journal Of Evidence-Informed Social Work. Retrieved from