Intervention Effects on Health-Risking Sexual Behavior Among Girls in Foster Care: The Role of Placement Disruption and Tobacco and Marijuana Use

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

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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
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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