Project TAKING CHARGE
This program, developed for junior high school home economics classrooms,
integrates family life education with lessons on vocational exploration, interpersonal
and family relationships, decision-making and goal-setting. A key premise of
the intervention is that vocational planning can lead teens to attractive alternatives
to early sexual involvement and parenthood. In addition, placing a strong emphasis
on values, Project TAKING CHARGE promotes abstinence as the correct choice
for adolescents, and no material on contraception is included. The curriculum
comprises five instructional units that are divided into 27 class lessons.
There are also three parent-youth sessions during which adults are encouraged
to communicate their own sexual values and assist teens in defining and attaining
occupational goals. A field study was conducted with 136 youths from three
low-income communities with elevated rates of teen pregnancy. Six months following
the intervention, program participants showed significant gains in knowledge
of sexual development, STDs, and the risks of adolescent pregnancy, relative
to a comparison group of students. There was also some evidence, falling just
short of significance, that participation was associated with a delay in the
initiation of sexual intercourse. View
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