RMC Research assisted Oregon’s Department of Human Services in
evaluating the impact of the Student’s Today Aren’t Ready for
Sex (STARS) program in a sample of Oregon schools during the 2002–03 school
evaluation involved sixth grade students in treatment schools that
participated in STARS and control schools that did not implement
STARS. The evaluation measured
students’ short-term gains in knowledge and attitudes.
STARS is an abstinence education teen pregnancy prevention program
aimed at Grades 6 and 7 and taught by peers, Teen Leaders, who are 4
to 6 years older. These Teen Leaders deliver the message “It is
best for teens not to have sex.” STARS is a skills-based program
that provides young adolescents with practical skills in saying no to
unwanted pressure. The STARS curriculum is typically presented once a
week in a classroom setting over a 5-week period and focuses on:
How the media influences choices about
Misconceptions regarding peer norms and behavior
related to sex.
Types of relationships and why peer
pressure is the most difficult type of pressure to handle.
Assertiveness skills that can be used to
resist pressure to have sex.
STARS was adapted from the Postponing Sexual Involvement
(PSI) program developed by Dr. Marion Howard at Emory
University in Atlanta,
- Brief Research Report (PDF)
- Full Report (PDF)
- Comparison of three program evaluations (PDF)
For more information or a copy of the report, contact Ronald Taylor at Oregon’s Department of Human
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