Educational or Curriculum

Safer Choices

Initiative Description: Safer Choices, a multicomponent, behavioral theory–based HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention program. Program components included: a school organization component (council involving teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community representatives) a sequential curriculum for 9th- and 10th-grade students, a peer education and school environment component (A Safer Choices peer team or club at every school), parent education activities, and community linkage activities).

Study Results: The program positively affected psychosocial variables and school climate for HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention as well as improving reported condom use.

Reference: Basen-Engquist, K., Coyle, K. K., Parcel, G. S., Kirby, D., Banspach, S. W., Carvajal, S. C., & Baumler, E. (2001). Schoolwide effects of a multicomponent HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention program for high school students. Health Education & Behavior, 28(2), 166–185.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good