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Positive Prevention PLUS

Program Components

Program Objectives

The primary goal of Positive Prevention PLUS is to address risk factors and behaviors associated with unplanned teen pregnancy by increasing an adolescent's ability to use risk-reduction skills. The program seeks to teach adolescents to either abstain from sexual activity or use birth control when engaging in sexual activity by building or enhancing:

  1. Knowledge of the consequences of teen pregnancy and risk situations, contraception and health services
  2. Self-efficacy to use birth control and condoms
  3. Parent-adolescent communication
  4. Refusal skills
  5. Positive attitudes toward abstinence


Program Content

Positive Prevention PLUS is based on Social Cognitive Theory. The lesson topics consist of:

  • Getting started: classroom ground rules, vocabulary, and changes during puberty
  • Life planning
  • Exploring friendships and other relationships
  • Bullying and relationship abuse
  • Preventing unplanned pregnancies (contraception)
  • Teen pregnancy: choices and responsibilities
  • Myths and stereotypes regarding persons with HIV
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Preventing sexually transmitted infections
  • Risk recognition and risk reduction
  • Media and peer pressure
  • Accessing community services
  • Setting goals


Program Methods

Positive Prevention PLUS is delivered through: 1) direct instruction using teacher slides (provided); 2) normative discussion via large group and small group activities; 3) resistance and negation skills practice; and 4) student workbooks with daily assignments to be completed with a parent or trusted adult.