205079 Demoiselle 2 Femme holistic approach abstinence-based education demonstration program with high school girls: Year one results

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Harry Piotrowski, MS , ITMESA (Inquiry Through Measurement Evaluation Statistical Analysis), Oak Park, IL
Tracey Y. Lewis-Elligan, PhD , Department of Sociology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Tori Tyler, MA , Demoiselle 2 Femme, Chicago, IL
Sherida Morrison, MA , Demoiselle 2 Femme, Chicago, IL
The Demoiselle 2 Femme abstinence education demonstration project serves girls 14-18 through high school and follow-up into college in six African American high risk Chicago and nearby communities. Comprehensive youth development component (40 sessions/year 1 or 20 in years 2-4) is augmented with other activities: mentorship, personal and character development, community service, academic assistance, and college visits. Parent education workshops, and a separate curriculum for fathers, supplements the teen curriculum. Target objectives include reduction in number of students who engage in premarital sexual activity, out of wedlock pregnancies, STDs, and use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and increase in high school graduation rate, college enrollment, number who commit to abstain from health-risk behaviors, parental involvement and parent support of abstinence, teen refusal skills; and, knowledge, attitudes concerning abstinence until marriage. Design is quasi-experimental with two teen girl comparison groups: (1) demographically comparable high schools and (2) Upward Bound and Gear Up high school programs which have an exclusive academic objective. Pre-post questionnaires data (after Rasch analysis) are examined with multivariate methods. From an administration of pre-post pilot-surveys and review of baseline data with 111 students, results indicate change along several dimensions. For example, a greater proportion "strongly agreed" or "agreed" with the following: ďA teenager who chooses abstinence shows self-respect and self-confidence. Furthermore, while about 40% reported that they would engage in sexual intercourse with their boyfriend before the intervention, less than 15% reported similarly after the intervention. Additional analyses will examine hypothesized positive changes with several risk behaviors.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe the effectiveness of a comprehensive youth development program which combines abstinence-based and holistic curricula with African American girls in high risk urban communities

Keywords: Risky Behaviors, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am have evaluated the process and outcomes of teen risk reduction interventions that include classroom and after school activities and directed workshops and presented at various conferences.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.