Intervention Effects on Health-Risking Sexual Behavior Among Girls in Foster Care

The Role of Placement Disruption and Tobacco and Marijuana Use

Hyoun Kyoung Kim, Katherine C. Pears, Leslie D. Leve, Patricia Chamberlain, Dana K. Smith

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Abstract

The present study examined the effects of the Middle School Success (MSS) intervention, a program to promote healthy adjustment in foster girls, on their health-risking sexual behavior, using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. As hypothesized, girls in the intervention condition (N = 48) showed significantly lower levels of health-risking sexual behavior than did girls in the control condition (N = 52) at 36 months post-baseline. Further path analysis indicated that this intervention effect was fully mediated through its effects on girls' tobacco and marijuana use. Findings highlight the importance of providing preventive intervention services to foster girls during early adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-387
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 1

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Tobacco Use
Cannabis
Sexual Behavior
nicotine
Health
health
Social Adjustment
school success
path analysis
Health Status
adolescence
Randomized Controlled Trials

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  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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In: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Vol. 22, No. 5, 01.11.2013, p. 370-387.

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