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Rigorous evaluation of a pregnancy prevention program for American Indian youth and adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Year Published: 2017
Issue: Article 89
American Indian adolescents have elevated rates of teen pregnancy and repeat pregnancy, yet no evidence-based programs for pregnancy prevention have been rigorously evaluated among American Indian teens. This proposed study is a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program developed in partnership with an American Indian community. American Indians ages 11–19, and their parents or trusted adults, will be randomized to receive the intervention (called Respecting the Circle of Life: Mind, Body and Spirit) or a control condition. The intervention includes eight lessons delivered to self-selected peer groups during a summer basketball camp and one lesson delivered to the youths and adults together within 3 months after camp. Outcomes of interest include sexual/reproductive health knowledge, sexual initiation, condom use self-efficacy and intent to use a condom at next sex. Modified Author Abstract.