Seunghyun Yoo, DrPH, Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, 130 DeSoto St., Parron Hall, Room 231, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; (email@example.com)
A Qualitative Evaluation of the Students of Service (SOS) Program for Sexual Abstinence in Louisiana
Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
2004 American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 74, Issue 8, pages 329–334, October 2004
How to Cite
Yoo, S., Johnson, C. C., Rice, J. and Manuel, P. (2004), A Qualitative Evaluation of the Students of Service (SOS) Program for Sexual Abstinence in Louisiana. Journal of School Health, 74: 329–334. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2004.tb06623.x
This research was supported by the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, Office of Population Affairs, US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Grants Numbered 5APH PA000432–05–1 and 4APH PA000432–05–2.
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 OCT 2009
- Revised and accepted for publication April 23, 2004.
ABSTRACT: Abstinence-only programs for preventing teen pregnancy are the only options in some states but are the programs of choice in others. Effectiveness data, however, are lacking. The SOS Adolescent Family Life Program (SOS), an abstinence-only teen pregnancy prevention program, was implemented in south central Louisiana. Peer mentoring with an abstinence and life skills curriculum comprised the major components. SOS was implemented in the same grades in the same schools with new students each year for five years. During the final years of the program, qualitative evaluation was conducted with principals, teachers, peer mentors, and students. Use of peer mentors was reaffirmed as valuable; however, quality of peer mentoring was questioned and was a major issue for improvement. Other issues included: starting sexuality education in earlier grades, updating curricula and materials, offering more interactive classes, improving peer mentor training, and using teacher input to improve educational aspects of the program. Qualitative assessments provided valuable insights for future improvement in abstinence-only programs.