Evaluating a Comprehensive Abstinence-Based Program for Minority Youth: Comparing Church and Public School Outcomes
Social Work and Christianity
This article compares initial outcomes of a 9-hour federally funded comprehensive abstinence-based program delivered to minority youth at churches and public schools in Miami, Florida. Using a nonequivalent control group design, repeated measures MANOVA compared an unduplicated sample of 620 youth completing the program in churches (n=248) and in public school settings (n=372). Although the findings offer initial evidence in support of delivering the program to minority youth at both settings, youth at churches scored higher on every measure congruent with choosing abstinence until marriage. Similar percentages of youth in both settings, however, reported having sexual intercourse. Discussion of the findings, as well as implications for social work practice and the church, conclude the article.
Church, Hispanic, pregnancy, sex, teen, youth
Sherr, Michael E. and Dyer, Preston, "Evaluating a Comprehensive Abstinence-Based Program for Minority Youth: Comparing Church and Public School Outcomes" (2010). Social Work Faculty Publications. 35.