Making Proud Choices!

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About This Program

Target Population: Young adolescents

For organizations that serve children ages: 11 – 13

Program Overview

Making Proud Choices! A Safer Sex Approach to STDs, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV Prevention is an eight-module curriculum that is designed to provide young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. It is based on cognitive-behavioral theories, focus groups, and experience working with youth. Making Proud Choices! is an adaptation and extension of the original Be Proud! Be Responsible! curriculum in that it integrates STD, HIV, and pregnancy prevention.

The Making Proud Choices! curriculum is designed to not only increase knowledge and perception of personal vulnerability, but also create positive attitudes towards condom use, teach skills, and build confidence in ability to use condoms.

Logic Model

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Manuals and Training

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to deliver this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Jemmott III, J. B., Jemmott, L. S., & Fong, G. T. (1998). Abstinence and safer sex HIV risk-reduction interventions for African American adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 279(19), 1529-1536. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1529

Type of Study: Randomized controlled trial
Number of Participants: 659


  • Age — 11-13 years (Mean=11.8 years)
  • Race/Ethnicity — 100% African American
  • Gender — 53% Female
  • Status — Participants were 6th and 7th grade middle school volunteers.

Location/Institution: Three middle schools serving low-income African American communities in Philadelphia, PA

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of abstinence and safer-sex HIV risk-reduction interventions on young inner-city African American adolescents' HIV sexual risk behaviors when implemented by adult facilitators as compared with peer co-facilitators. Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 interventions: an abstinence HIV intervention (Making Proud Choices!), a safer-sex HIV intervention, or a health promotion intervention that served as the control group. Measures utilized include self-reported sexual behaviors and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Results indicate Making Proud Choices! participants were less likely to report having sexual intercourse in the 3 months after intervention than were control group participants, but not at 6- or 12-month follow-up. Safer-sex intervention participants reported significantly more consistent condom use than did control group participants at 3 and higher frequency of condom use at all follow-ups. Among adolescents who reported sexual experience at baseline, the safer-sex intervention group reported less sexual intercourse in the previous 3 months at 6- and 12-month follow-up than did control and Making Proud Choices! intervention and less unprotected intercourse at all follow-ups than did control group. There were no differences in intervention effects with adult facilitators as compared with peer co-facilitators. Limitations include reliance on self-reported measures and generalizability of findings due to race/ethnicity of participants.

Length of controlled postintervention follow-up: 3, 6, and 12 months.

Additional References

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Contact Information

Loretta Jemmott
Phone: (215) 898-8287

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2018