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Theories & Approaches

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The 10 Characteristics of Effective Programs

Note: Please see a new paper "Sex and HIV Education Programs for Youth: Their Impact and Important Characteristics", May 2006, which identifies 17 characteristics of effective programs.

Also, in 2017 is the TAC: Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs by Doug Kirby, PhD, Lori Rolleri, MSW, MPH, and Mary Martha Wilson, MA, February 2007. Based on the above report, this tool is designed to assess, select, improve or design a sex or STD/HIV education program. ETR and Healthy Teen Network have designed a one-day training to provide an overview of the characteristics and guidance on using the TAC. For more information about the training, contact Healthy Teen Network. A color print copy of the TAC is also available at Healthy Teen Network for $20, which covers shipping costs.