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Keywords:

  • Girls;
  • juvenile detention;
  • pilot study;
  • responsible sexual behavior;
  • sexuality education

Purpose

This pilot study was designed to determine the effectiveness of an intervention on sexual behavior among girls in juvenile detention.

Methods

The pre/posttest model assessed for changes in knowledge, attitudes, and reported behaviors. This program merged three curricula to create the unique Young Women Get Real Program with nursing student program facilitators.

Findings

Despite high levels of satisfaction with the program, the data related to the final sample (n = 35) failed to reveal significant changes in measured variables.

Conclusions

The results may inform nurses as they pursue interventions to promote responsible sexual behavior in selected populations.