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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the POWER Through Choices Program

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01565304
First Posted: March 28, 2012
Last Update Posted: September 23, 2015
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Collaborator:
University of Oklahoma
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the POWER Through Choices (PTC) curriculum in increasing contraceptive use and delaying sexual initiation among youth living in group foster care homes.

Condition Intervention
Pregnancy Sexually Transmitted Infections Behavioral: POWER Through Choices

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the POWER Through Choices Program

Further study details as provided by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Consistent contraceptive use [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • Sexual initiation [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Knowledge of contraceptive use and reproductive health [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Intentions to delay sexual initiation and unprotected sex [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Attitudes toward sexual activity and contraceptive use [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Scores on scale of self-efficacy to avoid sexual risk behaviors [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 1039
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: July 2015
Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: POWER Through Choices
10-session group-based sexual education curriculum
Behavioral: POWER Through Choices
10-session group-based sexual education curriculum
No Intervention: Usual services
No intervention

Detailed Description:
Youth in foster care are at especially high risk for teen pregnancy and associated sexual risk behaviors. The POWER Through Choices (PTC) program is a 10-session sexuality curriculum that aims to increase contraceptive use and delay sexual initiation by empowering youth to make healthy, positive choices about their sexual behaviors. This study uses a cluster randomized design to compare the effectiveness of PTC to usual programs and services provided to youth living in group foster care homes. Study participants will be youth living in group foster homes recruited in four locations: Kern County, CA; Cook County, IL; Baltimore County, MD; and Oklahoma (statewide). The study is being conducted as part of the national Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches funded by the Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Resident of group foster care home

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or parenting
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01565304


Locations
United States, California
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Bakersfield, California, United States, 93301
United States, Maryland
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
United States, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
University of Oklahoma
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Roy Oman, PhD University of Oklahoma
Principal Investigator: Sara Vesely, PhD University of Oklahoma
Principal Investigator: Brian Goesling, PhD Mathematica Policy Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01565304     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MPR-06549-03
First Submitted: March 23, 2012
First Posted: March 28, 2012
Last Update Posted: September 23, 2015
Last Verified: September 2015

Keywords provided by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.:
Teen pregnancy
Sexually transmitted infections
Sexual risk behaviors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Infection
Virus Diseases
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female