Date: 11/30/2004

Tips for Teens - Laureate Finalist Medal

"...brings together the Chairmen or Chief Executive Officers of the world's foremost information technology companies with the world's leading universities, libraries and research institutions to document a revolution in progress: the global information technology revolution. Established in 1988, the Honors Program is dedicated to identifying the men and women, organizations and institutions, that are leading this revolution and to recording the impact of their achievements on society." Tips for Teens employs innovative technology to inform teenagers about sexually transmitted diseases, how they're spread, and most importantly how they may be prevented. The program, originally designed as one module of the Michigan Interactive Health Demonstration Project, was deployed on CD-ROM. The intended audience includes teens, particularly those who generally do not have access to information about STDs. The vast majority of the content is presented with either video or voice-overs to engage the user and make the information easier to understand.

Users had overwhelmingly positive responses to the program in an efficacy study of 295 10th-graders from two high schools in Southeast Michigan. Almost 90% said that the style of the program was effective. In addition, 93% said they thought their friends would understand the information and 84% said they received the information they wanted from the program.

Most importantly, our data indicate a decrease in reported sexual activity among students who viewed the program. The program has shown positive effects on both sexually active and abstinent students' attitudes and behaviors.

When compared with abstinent students in the control group, follow-up interviews at the end of the four-week interval showed that abstinent students in the intervention group were:
- More likely to report being abstinent (p<.05)
- More likely to report intentions to remain abstinent (p<.001)
- More willing to discuss abstinence with partners (p<.0001)

Additionally at follow-up, when compared with NON-abstinent students in the control group, non-abstinent students in the intervention group were:
- More likely to be report intentions to be abstinent (p<.03)
- More willing to discuss abstinence with partners (p<.0001)
- More willing to discuss using condoms with partners (p<.0001)