Outcome evaluation of Girl Time: Grade 7/8 Healthy Sexuality Program

Rye, B.J.; Yessis, Jennifer; Brunk, Tammie; McKay, Alexander; Morris, Sue; Meaney, Glenn J.
March 2008
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1/2, p15
Academic Journal
A sexual health education curriculum, Girl Time: Grade 7/8 Healthy Sexuality Program, was created and implemented with the goals of encouraging young girls to (a) delay sexual intercourse until they are mature enough, and (b) practice safer sex when they engage in sexual activity. The program was structured around the information-motivation-behavioural skills model as recommended in the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education. This study presents the results of an outcome evaluation of this primary prevention program. Girls who participated in Girl Time differed consistently from non-program girls on self-efficacy, sexual health knowledge, and comfort with sexuality issues (i.e., erotophobia—erotophilia); program girls versus comparison girls also differed on behavioural intentions, parent communication, benefits of sexual intercourse, sexual attitudes, and social desirability. These findings suggest that the program had a positive impact.


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