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Bringing Evidence-Based Sexual Health Programs to Adolescents in Black Churches: Applying Knowledge From Systematic Adaptation Frameworks

TitleBringing Evidence-Based Sexual Health Programs to Adolescents in Black Churches: Applying Knowledge From Systematic Adaptation Frameworks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWeeks, FH, Powell, TW, Illangasekare, S, Rice, E, Wilson, J, Hickman, D, Blum, RW
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Volume43
Pagination699-704
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsAdolescent, adolescent health, community-based participatory research, evidence based practice center, faith-based, human, juvenile, leadership, MARYLAND, participatory research, Qualitative, Religion, sexual health
Abstract

Previous studies have documented Black churches’ receptivity to implementing adolescent sexual health programs within their congregations. Some authors have argued for new sexual health programs to be designed specifically for churches, similar to the development of school- and community-based interventions. However, strategies and curricula used in secular settings may also be effective in influencing sexual behaviors among youth in churches. The current study examined the ways in which the phases of two theorized intervention adaptation frameworks were reflected in the desired key components of a church-based sexual health program. Participants in this community-based participatory research project were youth, parents, and faith leaders from nine Black churches in Baltimore, Maryland. Our findings suggest that the priorities of church stakeholders are consistent, rather than discordant, with the current paradigms of evidence-based sexual health programs and intervention adaptation. Future research and practical implications are discussed. © 2016, © 2016 Society for Public Health Education.