Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A sexual risk reduction intervention for high school girls that enhances knowledge, increases motivation, and teaches behavioral skills needed to reduce pregnancy, HIV and STI risk.
- Sexual Risk Behaviors
- Teen Pregnancy
- Skills Training
- Community (e.g., religious, recreation)
Continuum of Intervention
- Selective Prevention (Elevated Risk)
- Late Adolescence (15-18) - High School
- Female only
- All Race/Ethnicity, African American
Brief Description of the Program
HIPTeens is a sexual-risk reduction program that targets nonpregnant, sexually active teenage girls. The program includes four weekly, 120-minute sessions. At 3 and 6 months after the initial intervention, two 90-minute booster sessions are offered. The intervention is delivered in small groups (6-10 girls) by trained program facilitators. The intervention (a) provides HIV and sexual health information, (b) strives to increase motivation to reduce sexual risk behaviors and (c) allows time to practice interpersonal and self-management skills that facilitate sexual risk reduction. The intervention uses developmentally appropriate strategies such as games, group activities and role plays to deliver program content.
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Compared to the control group, intervention participants experienced:
- reduced frequency of vaginal sex and unprotected vaginal sex
- reduced number of sexual partners and amount of unprotected sex with a steady partner
- greater abstinence from vaginal sex at 6 months
- fewer pregnancies
The sample was predominantly African American (69%).
Risk and Protective Factors
- Individual: Refusal skills
See also: HIPTeens Logic Model (PDF)
Training and Technical Assistance
The training of facilitators consists of two full days on site or at an alternate location and covers:
- Curriculum introduction
- Module-by-module review with materials and slides
- Logic model
- Discussion and provision of tools for fidelity monitoring and evaluation
- Trauma-informed care training
- Positive youth development
- Learning disabilities - Universal Design for Language
Before the initial training, the developer asks that new providers complete an interactive online module which covers the foundation of HIPTeens including theoretical framework, working with teens, and motivational intervention techniques. Trainees receive their manual prior to training for their review. Sites are assigned to complete this online module prior to the initial face-to-face training at their site.
Brief Evaluation Methodology
The evaluation used a randomized controlled trial in which sexually active teenage girls (n = 639) were randomized to the sexual-risk reduction program or a health promotion control group. All subjects were between the ages of 15 and 19 years, and were recruited from youth development and adolescent health centers in upstate New York. Block randomization was used to assign participants to the intervention (n = 329) or control (n = 310) condition. Data were collected at baseline, and at 3-, 6-, and 12-months post-intervention. Outcome measures included frequency and type of sex, use of protection, and number of sexual partners.
Morrison-Beedy, D., Jones, S., Xia, Y., Tu, X., Crean, H., & Carey, M. (2013). Reducing sexual risk behavior in adolescent girls: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52(3), 314-321.