Three PREP Curricula: Post-Program Knowledge and Attitudes of Targeted High-Risk Youth in Missouri

Kendal Lowrey , Pennsylvania State University
Claire Altman, University of Missouri, Columbia

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a nationally implemented teen pregnancy prevention program with goals of lowering the frequency of unintended teen pregnancy. In 2010, the state of Missouri was awarded funding to implement PREP and did so through three different curricular choices: BART (Becoming a Responsible Teen), MPC (Making Proud Choices), and TOP (Teen Outreach Program). The program requires youth to take pre- and post-program surveys to measure performance. Through these, we analyze post-program youth knowledge and attitudes within the three utilized curricular choices. Further, we measure knowledge and attitude growth between pre- and post-program implementation and regress on ending, post-attributes to find youth components that explain end-of-program results. We utilize a lagged regression approach to account for respective youth pre-knowledge and attitude components. Findings on the effectiveness of the PREP program are important in determining future health and educational needs of high-risk youth in the PREP program.

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 Presented in Session 60. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health