Initiative Description: Systematic review of school-based skills building behavioral interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Data from 12 randomized controlled trial studies passed quality assessment criteria.
Study Results: Positive changes in non-behavioral outcomes (e.g. knowledge and self-efficacy) & intervention effects on behavioral outcomes, such as condom use, were generally limited and did not demonstrate a negative impact (e.g. earlier sexual initiation).
Reference: Picot, J., Shepherd, J., Kavanagh, J., Cooper, K., Harden, A., Barnett-Page, E., … & Frampton, G. K. (2012). Behavioural interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in young people aged 13-19 years: a systematic review. Health Education Research, 27(3), 495–512. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cys014
Level of Evidence: Very Good