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Sentient Research Staff to Present Video Intervention Acceptability Study and Qualitative Research on High School Student Use of Sexual Health Services at the 2018 National STD Prevention Conference
05-29-18

The first presentation, Acceptability of a Brief Entertainment-Education Video Intervention to Prevent STIs and Unintended Pregnancies Among Older Adolescents, explores the broader audience acceptability of a 23-minute sexual health video intervention (Plan A) developed for 18-19-year-old African-American and Latina women. African-American, Latina, and White women aged 16-19 (N = 120) were surveyed online after viewing Plan A. The survey included variables measuring acceptability and constructs including narrative flow, narrative engagement, and identification with characters. Plan A acceptability was high and there were no significant differences in intervention acceptability between the target audience (African-American and Latina women age 18-19) and different audiences (White women and/or those aged 16-17), based on race/ethnicity and age. The best predictors of acceptability were narrative engagement, narrative flow, and identification with characters. Entertainment-education programs have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing numerous health issues, including STI prevention. Narrative engagement, flow, and identification are important elements for maximizing acceptability of these programs. Plan A had high acceptability for the target audience and a broader audience, indicating it is appropriate for diverse clinic settings.

Citation: Acceptability of a Brief Entertainment-Education Video Intervention to Prevent STIs and Unintended Pregnancies Among Older Adolescent. Plant A, Walter N, Murphy S, Montoya J, Rietmeijer C. Poster presented at: 2018 STD Prevention Conference; August 27-30, 2018; Washington DC.

The second presentation, Using Focus Groups to Assess and Improve Sexual Health Services in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), presents applied qualitative research about attitudes and behaviors around HIV/sexually transmitted disease (STI) testing and prevention among LAUSD high school students over 3 years. The LAUSD began implementing new sexual health services (SHS) initiatives in 2013, with emphasis on priority schools with on-campus wellness centers. Two sets of male students focus groups (n=48 and 30) were conducted to assess attitudes and behaviors around SHS over three years. These focus groups revealed that while HIV/ STI concern remained low over the three years, there was an increase in awareness of on-campus services, including the condom availability program and the availability of on-campus testing, and an increase in perceived likelihood of testing among peers. The second set of groups offered important insights that can be used to refine health initiatives in this large urban school district.

Citation: Using Focus Groups to Assess and Improve Sexual Health Services in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Plant A, Montoya J, Snow E, Greenblatt BD, Kordic T. Poster presented at: 2018 STD Prevention Conference; August 27-30, 2018; Washington DC.

 





 

 

 

 

 
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