Teaching teens about sex: A fidelity assessment model for Making Proud Choices

Jacob Cronin, Colleen Heflin, Ashley Price

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Given the increased necessity for local program administrators to operate evidenced-based programs developed for different target populations and community settings, we present evidence about the effectiveness of a specific adolescent health intervention, Making Proud Choices (MPC). MPC was originally designed for inner city, African-American youth in high HIV communities, but implemented recently in diverse settings shown to be at high risk of teen-pregnancy in Missouri. In light of the pressures for local adaptation of the comprehensive sexual education curriculum, we created a three-pronged fidelity assessment tool. We find that significant gains are reported in terms of knowledge as well as intent to use a condom. Furthermore, these findings are consistently achieved in both urban and rural settings, with foster care youth, and for Whites and African-Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent health
  • Fidelity evaluation
  • Technical assistance
  • Teen pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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