Project: Female adolescent's sexual decision-making

Contact: Julie Downs

Adolescents are at disproportionately higher risk for sexually transmitted disease infection, and urban, African American adolescent females are at particularly high risk. This research focuses on young women's decisions about sexual behavior and their knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases. In formative mental models research we learned that many young women see sex as something normatively driven rather than something they choose or something they are pressured to do. We developed an intervention called What Could You Do?, aimed at helping young women see the opportunity to make choices, to learn safer behavior through information and modeling, and to practice making safer choices through cognitive rehearsal. Click here for more details about this evaluated intervention.