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Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention

Curriculum Source: Program materials are available by contacting Angela Bryan, University of New Mexico at

Main Message: This program’s interventions are designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among high-risk adolescents in juvenile detention facilities.  Education about the importance of condom use and alcohol-related sexual risk behaviors messages are delivered to increase condom use and reduce alcohol-related sexual risk behaviors. 

Target Population: Both genders from all racial backgrounds that are considered high-risk in juvenile detention facilities with an average age of 15 years old.

Length: Single session.

Program Size: Small groups of no more than 10 participants.


This program is broken up into two components. The first is Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention and the second is Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention:

  1. Encourages condom use among participants through group activities, videos, and condom use demonstrations.
  2. Identification of ‘Safer Sex’ goals for the next three months are set.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (must immediately follow the first component):

  1. Group discussion for one hour of alcohol and sexual activity where the facilitator leads the discussion following motivation enhancement therapy.
  2. Supportive, open, non-confrontational techniques are taught.
  3. Discussion on consequences of alcohol use, strategies for reducing sexual risk behaviors in the context of drinking, and current risk behaviors are identified.