Online Program

College student sexual health educators comment on their participation in an arts-based intervention for high school students: A qualitative analysis

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Ian Holloway, PhD, MSW, MPH, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare, Los Angeles, CA
Shannon Dunlap, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Souther California, Los Angeles, CA
Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH, UCLA Art & Global Health Center, Durham, NC
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Yesenia Merino, MPH, Department of Behavioral Science & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
David Gere, PhD, UCLA Art & Global Health Center, Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne M. Heitfeld, MPHc, Rollins School of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Adriana Romero-Espinoza, MPHc, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Sexual health interventions often focus on social cognitive and behavioral health outcomes for participants; however, effects may also be observed among those who deliver the intervention. This paper documents the impact of an arts-based sexual health program on the college students who deliver the intervention. AMP! is a multisite trial of an arts-based sexual health intervention that relies, in part, on a Sex(Ed) Squad (SES) to disseminate information about sexual health to high school students. The SESs are groups of college students at each site who create performance pieces on sexual health for local high schools. Focus group discussions with SES members from each AMP! site (N=45) were conducted before beginning the program and again following the creation of the sexual health performance piece. Semi-structured focus group guides focused on the ways in which SES participation affected members' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sexual health. Discussions were recorded, professionally transcribed and analyzed using Atlas.ti. Results indicate increased sexual health knowledge, more favorable attitudes toward HIV testing, and increased sexual health communication among SES members. Participants also described increased confidence in their ability to effectively communicate sexual health information in their personal lives. Through involvement in the AMP! program SES members became opinion leaders to their friends, families and sexual partners regarding matters of sexual health. Beyond the effects of the AMP! program on high school students, this study shows promising results for training popular opinion leaders who can be agents for sexual health communication in their social and sexual networks.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe three ways in which AMP! Sex(Ed) Squad members are impacted by their participation in an arts-based intervention for high school students Discuss how these findings might contribute to greater sexual health among AMP! Sex(Ed) Squad members’ social and sexual networks. This abstract is submitted as part of pre-arranged panel entitled “AMP! across the nation: Exploring the impact and feasibility of arts-based sexual health education in public school settings.”

Keyword(s): College Students, Interventions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Assisted with background, data analysis and manuscript writing.
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.