Date of Award

6-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Blaisure

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda Dannison

Third Advisor

Dr. Larissa Valera-Frias

Fourth Advisor

Cherie Seitz

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the reactions of teens and adults to Project T.R.U.S.T. presentations. Sixty-eight adults and 53 teens completed a post-program survey; 10 adults and 1 teen completed a three-month follow-up online-survey. Both surveys included attitude, behavioral intention, and demographic items. The followup survey included behavioral change items. Responses to items are summarized using descriptive statistics and correlations. Teens who reported they were more likely to communicate with a parent/trusted adult about healthy sexuality were also likely to report they were more likely to talk with their dating partner whether to become sexually active, outcomes of sexual activity, abstinence, contraception, and STIs/HIV testing. A majority of adults reported learning new information. Eight of the 10 adults completing the follow-up survey reported talking with their child/ teen/ a family member since attending the presentation. Implications and limitations of the study are addressed.

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