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Evaluation of Oregon’s
Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex (STARS) Program

 


 

 


Program Description

RMC Research assisted Oregons 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 year. The 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 sexual involvement.

         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, Georgia.

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Evaluation Report

  • 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 Services.

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