A quasi-experimental evaluation of parents as sexual health educators resulting in delayed sexual initiation and increased access to condoms


Compero, L; Walker, D; Atienzo, EE; Gutierrez, JP; (2011) A quasi-experimental evaluation of parents as sexual health educators resulting in delayed sexual initiation and increased access to condoms. Journal of adolescence, 34 (2). pp. 215-223. ISSN 0140-1971 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.05.010

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention for parents of first year high school students in the State of Morelos, Mexico, whose aim was to impact adolescents' sexual behavior, knowledge and access to contraception. Material and methods: Quasi-experimental prospective study with eleven control and eleven intervention schools using self-administered questionnaires for parents and adolescents pre- and post-intervention. Parent-child dyads in the control and intervention schools were matched according to parents' propensity score; the average treatment effect (ATE) was estimated for adolescent's outcome variables. Results: At follow-up, we found significant differences for adolescents in the intervention schools: 6.8% delayed initiation of sexual intercourse, 14.4% had correct knowledge about emergency contraception (EC), and 164% reported having received condoms from their parents, when comparing with students in control schools. Conclusions: Our results suggest that parent-focused interventions could be an innovative and effective strategy to promote adolescents sexual health. (C) 2010 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent sexual health, Preventive intervention, parents, Condoms, Emergency contraception, SIMPLEX-VIRUS TYPE-2, PREVENTION PROGRAM, CONTRACEPTIVE USE, RANDOMIZED-TRIAL, HIV PREVENTION, MEXICO, INTERVENTION, ADOLESCENTS, BEHAVIORS, IMPACT
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
PubMed ID: 20646754
Web of Science ID: 290780400002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/676

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