Family homework activities in a comprehensive sex education program delay teen sex for boys
Purpose: To describe the role of a family activity component of a sex education program in delaying first sex over the course of middle school.
Significance: These findings have implications for sexual health prevention and intervention programs.
Methodology: Twelve middle schools received three years of a comprehensive middle school sex education program. Baseline data was collected at the start of 6th grade in 2008-09. Follow-up data was collected at the end of 8th grade. Students' family activity participation score was calculated out of 24 possible assignments, and assessed as a dosage indicator. Logistic regression analysis controlled for the clustered study design by classroom, demographic variables, social desirability, student-reported grades, and closeness with parents.
Results: At baseline the sample (N=854) was 54% female. Mean age was 11.83 years (SD=.60), and racial/ethnic background was 32% White, 30% Black, 29% Latino, 4% Asian, and 5% Biracial. After exposure to the 6th-8th grade curriculum, which included family activities with each lesson, boys who completed more family activities reported lower sexual initiation rates (OR=.96, p=.001), although there was no significant effect of family activity completion for girls.
Conclusions: Participation in family activities as part of a school-based sex education program was a key input for delayed sexual initiation for middle school boys.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe family activities within a middle school sex education program that are associated with delayed first sex for boys.
Keyword(s): Adolescent Health, Sexual Risk Behavior
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am co-principal on a longitudinal, randomized control impact evaluation of a middle school comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. I am first author on a publication investigating family sexuality communication and adolescent sexual behavior, and co-author of a publication evaluating the short-term effects of a middle school comprehensive sex education program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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