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Abstract

Research on school-based sexual health education programs is at a critical juncture. With the growing number of evidenced-based programs, more focus is needed on how to help schools adopt and implement these programs. The article in this issue titled “Sexual Health Education from the Perspectives of School Staff: Implications for Adoption and Implementation of Effective Programs in Middle School” provides data on individual cognitive factors that may influence adoption and implementation. This commentary explores another framework, Concerns Based Adoption Model, as a tool for examining and supporting change associated with adoption and implementation of sexual health education programs.

Author Biography

Dr. Karin Coyle has been involved in the development evaluation of school-based sexual health education programs for over 20 years, yielding multiple evidenced-based HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention programs, including Safer Choices, Draw the Line/Respect the Line, and All4You! Her current projects focus on positive relationship development as an avenue for reducing sexual risk taking.

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Sexual Health Education from the Perspective of School Staff: Implications for Adoption and Implementation of Effective Programs in Middle School by Melissa F. Peskin, Belinda F. Hernandez, Christine Markham, Kimberly Johnson, Shellie Tyrrell, Robert C. Addy, Ross Shegog, Paula M. Cuccaro, Paul (Eddie) DeRoulet, and Susan R. Tortolero.