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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Abstinence-only vs Comprehensive Sexuality Education
5139.0: Wednesday, December 14, 2005: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Abstinence-only vs Comprehensive Sexuality Education
This session presents findings of various program related to abstinence only or comprehensive sexuality education in the schools. The Girls Shape the Future has a rigorous evaluation design formulated and the baseline findings will be presented. The Health Teens Building Health Schools Project is a school-based behavioral trial that examines the impact of abstinence-until-marriage and comprehensive sex education among middle school students. Participants in both programs demonstrated changes in beliefs and behaviors. Long-term implications of the findings will be discussed. Evaluation of Title V-funded abstinence-only programs in Texas will be presented. From a multi-phase, multi-method evaluation findings will be presented with cautions and considerations for future evaluations and program planning. A linear hierarchical model was used to evaluate an intervention designed to delay sexual initiation among fifth graders followed through the sixth grade in Washington DC schools. Results showed a positive impact of the intervention on knowledge of puberty of the opposite gender among both genders.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session the participants will be able to: 1. Identify key characteristics of abstinence-until-marriage and comprehensive sex education programs. 2. Describe the types of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that are thought to be related to initiation of sexual intercourse at an early age. 3. Explain changes in sexual behavior that students experienced following participation in abstinence-only education programs. 4. Identify issues related to on-going evaluation of sexuality education.
Organizer(s):Maria Theresa Wessel, EdD, CHES
Moderator(s):Daniel A. Adame, PhD, MSPH
12:30 PMGirls shape the future study: Baseline findings  [ Recorded presentation ]
Anu Rangarajan, PhD, Kristin A. Adams, PhD, CHES, Heather Johnston Nicholson, PhD, Sheila Heaviside, Melissa Thomas, Ankur Sarin, PhD
12:50 PMFirst year outcomes of Healthy Teens Building Healthy Schools: An abstinence-until-marriage vs. comprehensive sex education intervention study  [ Recorded presentation ]
Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, Natalie Colabianchi, PhD, Carolyn E. Ievers-Landis, PhD, Erika S. Trapl, MS, Maurice L. Cole, BA, LaTylia Boyd, Melissa Zullo, MS, Loren D. Lovegreen, MA
1:10 PMDo abstinence-only education programs impact youth's sexual behavior and intentions? Outcomes from Wave 1 of the Texas Title V abstinence education evaluation
Eric R. Buhi, MPH, Patricia Goodson, PhD, Buzz Pruitt, EdD, Catherine N. Rasberry, MS, Kelly Wilson, PhD
1:30 PMEvaluation of a randomized intervention to delay sexual initiation among fifth graders followed through the sixth grade  [ Recorded presentation ]
Helen P. Koo, DrPH, Renee R. Jenkins, MD, Qing Yao, PhD, Maurice Davis, MPA/MHSA, Karen M. Anderson, PhD, Allison Rose, MHS, M. Nabil El-Khorazaty, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:School Health Education and Services
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA