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J Sch Health. 1981 Apr;51(4):282-7.

Planning school based sexuality programs utilizing the PRECEDE model.



Both substantive and methodological issues in teenage sexuality were explored. Specific study purposes were the following: 1) to explore the effectiveness of a community needs assessment to reduce traditional negative parental input and facilitating the use of the schools as public health resources; 2) to identify substantive targets of intervention for curriculum development which would be accepted and supported by both parents and teenagers; and 3) to develop a methodology of assessment where the PRECEDE model would be tested for its utility in identifying educational targets in a complex and multidimensional area such as human sexuality and to quantify the model's categories to identify major differences in perceptions between parents and teenagers, and to explore underlying constructs in teenage sexuality. The PRECEDE model provides an assessment of social and epidemiological factors as well as an investigation of the behavioral causes of the outcomes as identified by the community. 50% of the population of 600 families living in a small midwestern community were surveyed: 204 parents and 210 teenagers responded to the survey. The following were among the major findings: 1) a community needs assessment using the PRECEDE model was effective in reducing negative political input and in facilitating the use of the schools as public health resources; 2) there were major needs, especially in the identification of important social problems; and 3) 24% of the teenagers reported they were sexually active while only 10% of the parents perceived their children as being sexually active.

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