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Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART)

Program Components

Program Objectives

The program seeks to prevent HIV among African-American youth by:

  • Increasing knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention.
  • Changing attitudes toward HIV prevention and safer sex.
  • Changing perceptions of risk and social norms regarding HIV.
  • Increasing behavioral intent to avoid behaviors that could lead to contracting HIV.
  • Clarifying values about sexual decisions and pressures.
  • Increasing skills to reduce sexual risk-taking including, correct condom use, assertive communication, refusal techniques, self-management, and problem solving. 

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Program Content

Becoming a Responsible Teen is an 8 session program focused on HIV prevention.  BART incorporates Social Learning Theory and Self-Efficacy Theory. The BART curriculum has four major components designed to reflect these theories:

  1. Information that increases adolescents’ knowledge and their awareness of risk.
  2. Training in the skills adolescents need to translate the information into action.
  3. Opportunities to practice and receive corrective feedback and using the skills in a safe environment before they face the challenges of using them in risky situations.
  4. Social support to help make the desired behaviors the norm in the social environment.
The program covers core content on:
  • Knowledge and attitudes about HIV, how drugs and alcohol use may influence sexual decision making, and condom use.
  • Skills and self-efficacy related to condom use, preventing risky situations, problem solving, and communication.
  • Perception of risk related to HIV transmission and living with HIV.
  • Social/peer norms about HIV prevention, safer sex, and promoting the use of effective (assertive) communication.
  • Behavioral beliefs and goal-setting.
  • Connectedness to culture.
  • Values about preventing HIV, promoting safer sex, and communicating with a partner about safer sex.
  • Communication with parents or other adults.

The program logic model can be found on ETR's website: http://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/becoming-a-responsible-teen/.

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Program Methods

The program is delivered through videos, role plays, worksheets, and practice of skills.

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