The effectiveness of the reach for health community youth service learning program in reducing early and unprotected sex among urban middle school students.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a community youth service (CYS) program in reducing sexual risk behaviors among African American aldn Latino urban young adolescents.
A total of 1061 students at 2 urban middle schools were surveyed at baseline and 6-month follow-up.
Students as one school were randomly assigned by classroom to receive either the Reach for Health CYS program or the Reach for Health classroon curriculum only.
Students at the other schol served as controls.
At follow-up, CYS participants reported significantly less recent sexual activity (P<. 05) and scored lower on a sexual activity index than those in the control condition (P<. 03).
The greatest effect was among eighth graders, who received the most intensive service program (P<. 03).
The benefit of the curriculum-only intervention appeared greatest among students in special education classes.
Well-organized CYS that couples community involvement with classroom health instruction can have a positive impact on the sexual behaviors of young adolescents at risk for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy.
This study also suggests the importance of including students in special education classes in health education programs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Programme sanitaire, Prévention, Prise risque, Utilisation, Condom, Comportement sexuel, Adolescent, Homme, Noir américain, Latinoaméricain, New York, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Milieu urbain, Milieu scolaire, Enseignement secondaire, Evaluation, Education santé, Ethnie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sanitary program, Prevention, Risk taking, Use, Condom, Sexual behavior, Adolescent, Human, Black American, Latinamerican, New York, United States, North America, America, Urban environment, School environment, Secondary education, Evaluation, Health education, Ethnic group
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0156724
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 16/11/1999.