Girl Time: Development and implementation of a healthy sexuality program for girls in Grades 7 and 8

Brunk, Tammie; Morris, Sue; Rye, B. J.; Meaney, Glenn J.; Yessis, Jennifer; Wenger, Lisa; McKay, Alexander
March 2008
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1/2, p71
Academic Journal
This article describes the development and implementation of a sexual health education program designed to support Grade 7 and Grade 8 girls in the development of healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. Region of Waterloo Public Health, acting on "grassroots" demands, assessed the need for such a program and, consequently, developed Girl Time: Grade 7/8 Healthy Sexuality Program in consultation with sexual health experts (e.g., public health nurses & behavioural consultants) and stakeholders (e.g., teachers, students). This curriculum was based on a theoretical and empirical literature review, as well as the information-motivation-behavioural skills model of the determinants of sexual health behaviour (Fisher & Fisher, 2002), and was informed by The Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education (Health Canada, 2003). A small pilot delivery and process evaluation led to refinements of the curriculum and larger-scale implementation. Results of an outcome evaluation (reported extensively elsewhere; Rye et al., 2008) suggest that Girl Time was effective at achieving its measurable goals-positively affecting psychological constructs theorized to determine the sexual health of the girls who participated. Adoption of Girl Time by other agencies is encouraged.


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