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NCJ Number: 186024 Find in a Library
Title: Plain Talk: Addressing Adolescent Sexuality Through a Community Initiative, Final Evaluation Report
Author(s): Karen E. Walker; Lauren J. Kotloff
Corporate Author: Public/Private Ventures
United States of America
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 112
Sponsoring Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, MD 21202
Public/Private Ventures
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sale Source: Public/Private Ventures
2005 Market Street, Suite 900
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reports on a community project to protect teens from pregnancy and disease.
Abstract: Plain Talk is a unique and controversial approach to teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention. It is unique in enlisting participation by a broad cross section of community adults and controversial in focusing on the needs of sexually active youth. This report briefly reviews the participating sites, strategies used to recruit resident participation, overcome cultural barriers, and create and sustain consensus within core groups of residents; community-education strategies; how residents were trained to disseminate the Plain Talk message; how the dissemination strategies worked and sometimes changed the message as it was delivered; the delivery of workshops and the effectiveness of residents as lay health educators; residents' informal education efforts; and attempts to collaborate with other institutions. The report observes that community initiatives are time consuming and arduous. The 3 years of the Plain Talk initiative was enough to glean rich information about a range of implementation issues but not enough to watch the full unfolding of a community change initiative. Tables, notes, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent pregnancy; Children at risk; Community involvement; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile health services; Program implementation; Sexually transmitted diseases; Youth community involvement
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