Wise Guys: A Male-Oriented Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
The Wise Guys program is designed to prevent adolescent pregnancy by teaching adolescent males self-responsibility in the areas of sexual development,
decision-making, and relationships. The Wise Guys program is a weekly, 10-session group intervention for adolescent males that is delivered by a staff educator.
Each session is approximately 45 to 60 minutes long. The program may be offered in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, school athletic programs,
faith-based institutions, juvenile detention center, and other community sites.
The Wise Guys program covers a broad range of topics including: masculinity, communication, relationships, dating violence, fatherhood, values, goal setting, decision making, sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and abstinence. Participatory lessons and activities focus on assisting youth to identify their long-range personal and career goals so that they can use those goals to direct the decisions they make throughout adolescence. Wise Guys has been demonstrated to effectively improve adolescent males' knowledge of sexual behavior and reproductive behavior, and their knowledge of STI transmission, and to instill desirable attitudes toward sex and appropriate behavior in sexual relationships.
The Wise Guys evaluation found:
- Participants had significantly higher scores than controls at both posttest and follow-up (p = .007) on general knowledge of sexual behavior and reproductive biology.
- Participants had significantly higher scores than controls at both posttest and follow-up (p = .000) on knowledge of STI transmission.
- Scores for participants were higher than those of controls at all 3 data points, but were significantly higher at posttest and follow-up (p = .013) on attitudes toward sex and appropriate behavior in sexual relationships.
- Regression analyses confirmed that participation in Wise Guys was significantly associated with higher posttest and follow-up general knowledge, STI knowledge, and desirable attitude scores, independent of age, grade, race, or pretest scores.
- To assess the relative importance of participation in the Wise Guys program for predicting every time contraception at 6-month follow-up, regression analyses were done using age, grade, race, and participation in Wise Guys as the independent variables. The strongest and only statistically significant predictor of contraception use "every time" was participation in the Wise Guys curriculum.
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