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



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.


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.


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.


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

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