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Article: Using biology to teach adolescents about STD transmission and self-protective behaviors

TitleUsing biology to teach adolescents about STD transmission and self-protective behaviors
Authors
KeywordsAcquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Biological knowledge
Early adolescence
Health education
Science education
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Issue Date2006
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jappdp
Citation
Journal Of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2006, v. 27 n. 2, p. 109-124 How to Cite?
AbstractThe effects of a prevention program designed to teach 7th grade students about the different risk behaviors associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea transmission were examined. Over 3 days, the students were taught how to reason about self-protective behaviors using information about the biological causal mechanisms of these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Results revealed that these students displayed more biology knowledge and greater certainty in their responses to open-ended risk behavior questions than did a control group of students who learned the same information from a standard rote approach in the same amount of time. Importantly, increased biological reasoning was linked to better performance at identifying risk behaviors for less well-known STDs. The findings support the premise that a biological approach to STD education minimizes the cognitive burden related to memorizing a list of seemingly unconnected facts. Biologically based health instruction can be an effective tool for teaching adolescents about various STDs beyond HIV infection. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89542
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.4
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.820
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dc.description.abstractThe effects of a prevention program designed to teach 7th grade students about the different risk behaviors associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea transmission were examined. Over 3 days, the students were taught how to reason about self-protective behaviors using information about the biological causal mechanisms of these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Results revealed that these students displayed more biology knowledge and greater certainty in their responses to open-ended risk behavior questions than did a control group of students who learned the same information from a standard rote approach in the same amount of time. Importantly, increased biological reasoning was linked to better performance at identifying risk behaviors for less well-known STDs. The findings support the premise that a biological approach to STD education minimizes the cognitive burden related to memorizing a list of seemingly unconnected facts. Biologically based health instruction can be an effective tool for teaching adolescents about various STDs beyond HIV infection. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.en_HK
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dc.subjectAcquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)en_HK
dc.subjectBiological knowledgeen_HK
dc.subjectEarly adolescenceen_HK
dc.subjectHealth educationen_HK
dc.subjectScience educationen_HK
dc.subjectSexually transmitted diseases (STDs)en_HK
dc.titleUsing biology to teach adolescents about STD transmission and self-protective behaviorsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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