Journal Publications

The PTC positive outcome findings have been featured in academic journals.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Among Youths Living in Group Care Homes: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Roy F. Oman, PhD; Sara K. Vesely, PhD; Jennifer Green, PhD; Kristen Clements-Nolle, PhD; and Minggen, Lu PhD
American Journal of Public Health
February 2018

Objective: To determine if the Power Through Choices (PTC) intervention can increase the use of birth control and reduce pregnancy among system-involved youths living in group care homes.

Conclusions: The results suggest that PTC is an effective sexual health education intervention that can be implemented with system-involved youths who represent a sexually experienced multiracial youth population.

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Sexual Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Youth Living in Group Homes

Roy F. Oman, PhD, FAAHB; Sara K. Vesely, PhD; Jennifer Green, PhD; Janene Fluhr, MS; Jean Williams, MPH
Health Behavior and Policy Review
February 2018

Objective: The purpose of this study was to report sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of system-involved youth living in group homes, and when appropriate, contrast these data with equivalent national data. Methods: Data were collected from a sample of racially/ethnically diverse youth (N= 1036, 79% male, Mean age=16.1 years).

Conclusions: Youth living in out-of-home care can benefit from programs that provide skills enabling them to reduce sexual risk-taking and prevent pregnancy.

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Long-Term Improvements in Knowledge and Psychosocial Factors of a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Intervention Implemented in Group Homes

Jennifer Green, MPH, PhD; Roy F. Oman, PhD ; Minggen Lu, PhD; and Kristen D. Clements-Nolle, PhD
Journal of Adolescent Health
June 2017

Purpose: Youth in out-of-home care have higher rates of sexual risk behaviors and pregnancy than youth nationally. This study aimed to determine if Power Through Choices (PTC), a teen pregnancy prevention program developed for youth in out-of-home care, significantly improves knowledge and psychosocial outcomes regarding HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual activity and contraception methods, long term.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that the PTC intervention can have positive long-term knowledge and psychosocial effects regarding contraception methods on youth in out-of-home care.

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