Advertisement

Topics

Evaluation of a Need to Know (N2K): A New Sex Education Program for High School Students

2015-09-04 00:08:23 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This trial evaluated the impact of N2K, a three-year quasi-experimental study to delay sexual initiation and increase condom and contraception use among high school students. The program was administered to treatment students beginning in the fall of 2012 (9th grade) and continued through the spring of 2015 (11th grade). The purpose of this study was to measure: 1) the impact of N2K on sexual initiation at the end of the three-year program and 2) the impact of N2K on condom or contraception non-use at the end of the program.

Description

Need to Know is based on a framework of positive youth development intended to delay sexual initiation and reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy. The N2K curriculum is designed to support the treatment participants throughout their high school career with consecutive dosage for three years from 9th through 11th grade. The intended dosage for treatment participants is 16 lessons (25 minutes each) each year of the program (8 in the fall and 8 in the spring). The program consists of 3 years (48 lessons) of curriculum to be delivered in a group or classroom setting of up to 32 students. There are 16 lessons in each year of the curriculum. Eight lessons are intended to be taught in the fall semester and eight in the spring. Each lesson is 25 minutes long, and can be taught in any class period that allows for 25 minutes of content instruction.

The 9th grade course is N2K: Basics and consists of lessons that encourage self-discovery and goal setting, discuss human growth and development, adolescent risk behaviors, communication, STDs, abstinence, contraceptives, teen dating violence, legal issues, responsible media use, refusal skills, and role-playing. The 10th grade N2K: Decisions consists of lessons that increase decision making skills, clarify values, promote healthy relationships and the benefits of delaying sex, and review of anatomy, contraceptives, STDs, and legal issues. It promotes the development of critical thinking skills and application of the facts to real life situations. N2K: Decisions includes an original webisode series of 11 episodes, the first of which is viewed in class, and the others can be viewed online outside of class. The webisode series adds narrative to the basic facts being presented in class. The series runs, in conjunction with the 10th grade curriculum lessons 3-8. The 11th grade N2K: Relationships reinforces basic themes taught in prior years. It emphasizes healthy relationships, healthy living, and taking responsibility for personal health as an adolescent matures into adult life. The last three lessons are a culminating activity that allows participants to express what they have learned and present it to others. About 35% of the 48 sessions focuses on abstinence, 27% highlight positive youth development (PYD), 13% discuss risky behaviors, 12% address STDs, 8% cover contraceptives, and 5% discuss anatomy and puberty in the cumulative three years of the N2K Curriculum.

A paper and pencil survey was administered in school to assess program impacts. Treatment and comparison students were surveyed at baseline (fall 2011 for comparison and fall 2012 for treatment), and for the treatment group, surveying took place before the intervention began. Surveys were administered at the end of each year of programming (end of 9th grade, end of 10th grade, and end of 11th grade), which for the treatment students was after the N2K programming was completed for the year.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Conditions

Teen Pregnancy

Intervention

The Need to Know students received the N2K curriculum as described previously

Status

Completed

Source

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Results (where available)

View Results

Links

Published on BioPortfolio: 2015-09-04T00:08:23-0400

Clinical Trials [679 Associated Clinical Trials listed on BioPortfolio]

Evaluation of Curriculum for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Decisions, Responsibility, Empowerment, Accountability, Motivations & Success

The study is a an evaluation of the teen pregnancy prevention curriculum Decisions, Responsibility, Empowerment, Accountability, Motivations & Success (DREAMS) through a random control tri...

LeadHer, a Gender-specific Teen Pregnancy Prevention Curriculum

Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is offering LeadHer as a gender-specific teen pregnancy prevention curriculum to girls between the ages of 14-19 years old who live in Wayne County, MI. The cu...

Student Outcomes in Fitness and Nutrition ISEO

The study is designed to examine whether curriculum, designed in partnership with teachers at Moreland Elementary school in West St. Paul and Mayo Clinic InSciEd Out scientists, is able to...

Replication of the Teen Outreach Program in the Pacific Northwest

The Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health (NWCAH) replicated the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) in five states across the pacific northwest including Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, and W...

Effects of an Intervention to Enhance Resilience in Physical Therapy Students

Health professional students experience high levels of psychological stress. Individuals with higher levels of resilience are better equipped to handle stress. The purpose of this study is...

PubMed Articles [8639 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

Undergraduate Nursing Students' Perception of End-of-Life Care Education Placement in the Nursing Curriculum.

Nursing students, who have been receiving the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Core training throughout their Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, have a unique perspective of the b...

Combating Vaccine Hesitancy with Vaccine-Preventable Disease Familiarization: An Interview and Curriculum Intervention for College Students.

In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed vaccine hesitancy in its top ten threats to global health. Vaccine hesitancy is a "delay in acceptance or refusal to vaccinate despite availability ...

Creation and Evaluation of a Food Animal Curriculum Roadmap for Veterinary Students at the University of Minnesota.

Less than 5% of US veterinary school graduates go on to practice predominantly food animal medicine, contributing to a serious shortage of veterinarians practicing in rural areas. Exposing students to...

Curriculum design and attrition among undergraduate nursing students: A systematic review.

Attrition rates among nursing students are a global issue, and a possible factor in current nursing shortages. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine why students drop out of nursing progra...

Knowing is half the battle: Assessments of both student perception and performance are necessary to successfully evaluate curricular transformation.

Student-centered pedagogies increase learning and retention. Quantifying change in both student learning gains and student perception of their experience allows faculty to evaluate curricular transfor...

Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Test designed to identify students suitable for admission into a graduate or undergraduate curriculum.

Undergraduate medical education programs for second- , third- , and fourth-year students in which the students receive clinical training and experience in teaching hospitals or affiliated health centers.

Preventive health services provided for students. It excludes college or university students.

A course of study offered by an educational institution.

Individuals who leave school, secondary or college, prior to completion of specified curriculum requirements.

More From BioPortfolio on "Evaluation of a Need to Know (N2K): A New Sex Education Program for High School Students"

Advertisement
Quick Search
Advertisement
Advertisement

 

Relevant Topics

Sexual Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of sexual health; "the state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction and infirmity. Sexual health requires a posit...

Obstetrics and gynaecology
Fertility Menopause Obstetrics & Gynaecology Osteoporosis Women's Health Obstetrics and gynaecology comprises the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women. Most consultant...

Women's Health
Women's Health - key topics include breast cancer, pregnancy, menopause, stroke Follow and track Women's Health News on BioPortfolio: Women's Health News RSS Women'...


Searches Linking to this Trial