Parent-adolescent relationship education (PARE): Program delivery to reduce risks for adolescent pregnancy and STDs

Regina Lederman, Wenyaw Chan, Cynthia Roberts-Gray

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The first author recruited parent-adolescent dyads (N = 192) into after-school prevention education groups at middle schools in southeast Texas. This author placed participants in either (1) an Interactive Program (IP) in which they roleplayed, practiced resistance skills, and held parent-child discussions or (2) an Attention Control Program (ACP) that used the same curriculum but was delivered in a traditional, didactic format. Questionnaires administered at the beginning and end of the 4-session program and again after booster sessions in 3 subsequent semesters provided measures of social controls (eg, communication with parents) and self controls (eg, protection against risk) on the youths' sexual health behaviors. Linear mixed models adjusted for gender, age, and ethnicity showed that the IP, in comparison with the ACP, achieved significant gains in social control by increasing parental rules about having sex and other risky behaviors and also enhanced students' self-control by increasing their knowledge about prevention and enhancing resistance responses when pressured to have sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioral Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • HIV/STD prevention
  • Parent involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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