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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(1), 14; doi:10.3390/ijerph14010014

Assessment of a Culturally-Tailored Sexual Health Education Program for African American Youth

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Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
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McKing Consulting Corporation, 2900 Chamblee Tucker Road, Building 10, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
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Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA
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Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Incorporated, 2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, Atlanta, GA 30311, USA
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ICF International, 3 Corporate Square NE Suite 370, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
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Academic Editors: Mario De La Rosa and Selina A. Smith
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 16 December 2016 / Accepted: 19 December 2016 / Published: 24 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cultural Determinants of HIV, Substance Abuse and Addiction)
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Abstract

African American youth are affected disproportionately by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and teenage pregnancy when compared to other racial groups. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the To Help Young People Establish (2 HYPE) Abstinence Club, a behavioral intervention designed to promote delayed sexual activity among African American youth ages 12–18 in Atlanta, Georgia. The intervention included 20 h of curriculum and creative arts instruction. Pre- and post-intervention survey data collected from 2008–2010 were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the intervention. Intervention (n = 651) and comparison (n = 112) groups were compared through analysis of variance and multivariate logistic regression models. There was a statistically significant increase in intervention youth who were thinking about being abstinent (p = 0.0005). Those who had not been engaged in sexual activity were two times more likely to plan abstinence compared to participants that had been previously sexually active previously (odds ratio 2.41; 95% confidence interval 1.62, 3.60). Significant results hold implications for subsequent community-based participatory research and practice that broadens the understanding of the relevance of marriage, as just one among other life success milestones that may hold more importance to African American youth in positioning the value of delayed and responsible sexual activity towards effective STIs, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy risk reduction interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: African American; adolescents; sexual health; evaluation African American; adolescents; sexual health; evaluation
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Zellner Lawrence, T.; Henry Akintobi, T.; Miller, A.; Archie-Booker, E.; Johnson, T.; Evans, D. Assessment of a Culturally-Tailored Sexual Health Education Program for African American Youth. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 14.

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