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The AIDS travelling road show: evaluation of a peer education program on AIDS awareness and prevention in the high school.
Caron F; Newell M; Otis J; Lambert J; CLSC Longueuil Ouest, Longueuil,
December 30, 1990
Int Conf AIDS. 1990 Jun 20-23;6(2):422 (abstract no. 3083). Unique

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the short term effects of a peer education program on AIDS. METHODS: 21 boys and 24 girls (ages 14-15) from 2 schools in the Montreal area received a peer education program. Peer educators are secondary IV students (ages 15-16) who have undergone an intensive week long program on AIDS. In a 2 1/2 hour workshop, these students share their expertise through dramatizations, demonstrations and discussions with other students. 45 students completed a pretest and post-test. RESULTS: The paired sample t-tests indicate a significant difference between pre and posttest scores on all constructs except intention. (1) Attitudes toward PWA's improved (p less than .000) (2). Perception of risk increased from 6.8 to 9.15 on a scale of 1 to 12 (p less than .000) (3). Knowledge on modes of transmission improved (p less than .000) and even more significant is the change in knowledge with respect to condom utilization (p less than .000) (4). Attitudes toward condom use are more positive (p less than .03) and fewer barriers to condom use are perceived (p less than .05). The high intention to use the condom remained unchanged. CONCLUSION: These results suggest a peer education program can be effective in changing knowledge and attitudes about AIDS. It would be interesting to determine if these effects are long lasting.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Adolescence Contraceptive Devices, Male/UTILIZATION Female *Health Education Human Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male Peer Group Program Evaluation Quebec Self Assessment (Psychology) ABSTRACT