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Adapting an Evidence-Based Curriculum in a Rural Setting: The Early Impacts of Reducing the Risk in Kentucky

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Goesling, Brian; Wood, Robert G.; Lee, Joanne; Zief, Susan.
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Office for Planning Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children and Families. Mathematica Policy Research.
Technical Report
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OPRE Report Number 2017-43.

This report examines short-term impacts from an adapted version of the Reducing the Risk in Kentucky high schools. It is part of a multi-component evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), led by Mathematica for the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PREP provides federal funding to educate youth on abstinence and contraception. To help identify effective pregnancy prevention approaches for rural youth, Mathematica conducted a rigorous evaluation of an adapted, eight-hour version of Reducing the Risk in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Reducing the Risk is a widely implemented, classroom-based abstinence and contraceptive education curriculum designed to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and associated sexual risk behaviors. [Author Abstract]

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