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Healthy Respect Invited to Present Findings at National Abstinence Education Evaluation Conference

The proven results of Healthy Respect in reaching teens were showcased at the National Abstinence Education Evaluation Conference, which brought together many of America’s most successful abstinence education programs.

Held March 19-20 in Baltimore, the conference was jointly sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Population Affairs, divisions within the US Dept. of Health and Human Services which are focused on measuring the effectiveness of abstinence programs.

Healthy Respect, in its fourth year of classroom teaching, was invited to the conference to display the positive results of its program following a rigorous evaluation that was conducted by a team of independent researchers.

“We were pleased to accept the invitation to take part in this conference and to be a part of a nationwide effort to evaluate and improve abstinence education programs,” said John P. Margand, Esq., Healthy Respect’s Chief Executive Officer. “From the start, we’ve concentrated on developing a program that is clear in its message and effective with students. We are always asking, ‘Is the message getting through? Are attitudes changing?’ ”

The answer to both questions is “yes,” according to an independent evaluation conducted by researchers Dr. Robin Rogers-Dillon, an Associate Professor at Queens College who obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Health Care Policy at Yale University, and Dr. Dana Weinberg, an Assistant Professor who earned her doctorate from Harvard University.

The two sociologists conducted pre-course and post-course student surveys, as well as in-depth focus groups in which students spoke freely about their impressions and opinions. Click here to view the results of these surveys and focus groups. For more information regarding the evaluation results contact Dr. Robin Rogers-Dillon at (212) 997-2823 or by e-mail at robin.rogers-dillon@qc.cuny.edu.

In the focus groups, students reported connecting to the program’s message of setting and pursuing life goals and protecting oneself from sexually transmitted infections and out-of-wedlock pregnancies.

According to Dr. Nanci Coppola, Healthy Respect Director of Curriculum, “Conference participants were especially interested in the content of the Healthy Respect curriculum which produced such positive results. We are encouraged by these findings,” she said, “but we know that they are only one step in our constant effort to present abstinence from sexual activity as an attractive alternative for our students.”