RCT of sexual risk reduction intervention in urban female adolescents

posted 28 Jun 2013, 21:03 by Damian Wood   [ updated 28 Jun 2013, 21:03 ]
Morrison-Breedy et al report in the Journal of Adolescent Health on an RCT involving 738 sexually active urban adolescent girls who were randomized to a theory-based SRR intervention or to a structurally equivalent health promotion control group. Assessments at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months revealed that relative to girls in the control group, girls receiving the SRR intervention were more likely to be sexually abstinent or if sexually active, they showed decreases in sexual risk behaviours. They also report a 50% reduction in positive pregnancy tests at 12 months. The authors conclude that behavioral interventions tailored to adolescent girls can help to reduce sexual risk and may also reduce unintended pregnancies.