Penn Study Shows School-Based Program Reduces Risky Sexual Behaviors in South African Teens

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 21, 2010

A school-based, six-session program targeting sexual risk behaviors has proven effective in reducing rates of self-reported unprotected sex and sex with multiple partners among South African sixth-graders, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The study was lead by John B. Jemmott III, PhD, professor of Communication in Psychiatry and the Kenneth B. Clark Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication and Loretta S. Jemmott, PhD, RN, the van Amerigen professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and done in collaboration with colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, among others.

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