Communication with Partner about Sexual Risks

Openly discussing the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with a partner is a factor known to protect against teen pregnancy and becoming infected with an STI (Kirby et al., 2005). Data on communication about sexual risk are obtained from self-report questionnaires, which may be administered at regular intervals (quarterly, for example).

At the individual level, performance may be monitored by comparing pretest scores with follow-up scores to determine whether responses on this indicator are moving in the desired direction. At the program level, performance may be monitored by comparing the percent of participants with strong communication skills at program intake with percents obtained on the same indicator at later intervals. Change over time for the current cohort may also be compared with that of previous cohorts, to further gauge levels of program effectiveness.

If this indicator does not appear to be improving at the individual or aggregate level during the course of the program, program managers may want to assess problems related to program design, implementation, and quality.

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Sources Cited

Kirby, D., Lepore, G. & Ryan, J. (2005). Sexual Risk and Protective Factors. Factors Affecting Teen Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, Childbearing And Sexually Transmitted Disease: Which Are Important? Which Can You Change? The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.