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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(2):175-7. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.584336.

F.O.R.E.play: the utility of brief sexual health interventions among college students.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri 64110, USA. ewmqm5@mail.umkc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The authors aimed to determine the most effective brief sexual health intervention for college students, while also evaluating students' preferences for learning about sexual health, in order to develop a university program.

METHODS:

A total of 302 students enrolled in an introductory college course participated and were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 brief interventions during a regularly scheduled class and completed pre- and postsurveys assessing knowledge, motivation to use condoms, and condom self-efficacy.

RESULTS:

Findings indicated that having an actual person in charge of the learning process resulted in higher knowledge gains and highlighted a student preference for discussion-based learning, viewing pictures of sexually transmitted infections, and hearing real-life experiences about the consequences of unsafe sex.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings will be used to tailor a future intervention targeting college students for use with freshmen students at this university.

PMID:
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