A Qualitative Exploration of Community-Based Organization Programs, Resources, and Training to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

Molly A. McCarthy, Christopher M. Fisher, Junmin Zhou, He Zhu, Aja Kneip Pelster, Daniel J. Schober, Kathleen Baldwin, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Richard Goldsworthy

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Youth development professionals (YDPs) working at community-based organizations (CBOs) can promote adolescent sexual health through programs. This study explored the programs and resources that youth access at CBOs and training YDPs receive. Twenty-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with YDPs. Qualitative content analyses were conducted using NVivo. The study found that most YDPs described sexuality-related programs for youth. Many YDPs provided informal information and/or referrals for youth. Few YDPs were trained to address adolescent sexuality, but many sought outside resources. Also, YDPs have a unique opportunity to improve adolescent sexual health and sexuality. Five considerations for organizations that develop programs and training for CBOs are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-332
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2015



  • Community-based organizations
  • adolescent
  • youth development professionals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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