Educational or Curriculum

Get Real Initiative

Initiative Description: A 3‐year comprehensive sex education program in delaying vaginal sex for middle school students. It included 9 lessons each in Grades 6, 7, and 8 and provides culturally sensitive and age-appropriate information, focusing on relational skill-building as a means to make healthy choices regarding sexual relationships. Get Real designates parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children: the school-based curriculum provides knowledge and skill-building, while family activities (8 in each grade) give parents (or other caring adults) an opportunity to transmit their values about sex and relationships. Furthermore, family activities aim to increase families’ comfort in talking about those topics.

Study Results: Completing family activities during the first year of the program predicted delayed sexual debut for boys.

Reference: Grossman, J. M., Tracy, A. J., Charmaraman, L., Ceder, I., & Erkut, S. (2014). Protective effects of middle school comprehensive sex education with family involvement. Journal of School Health, 84(11), 739-747. doi: 10.1111/josh.12199.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good