My Journey

Development and Practice-Based Evidence of a Culturally Attuned Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Native Youth

DenYelle Kenyon, Tracey R. McMahon, Anna Simonson, Char Green-Maximo, Ashley Schwab, Melissa Huff, Renee E. Sieving

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

A clear need exists for teen pregnancy prevention programs that are responsive to the specific needs and cultural contexts of Native American communities. Recent data indicates that the birth rate for Native teens is nearly two and a half times the rate for White teens (32.9 versus 13.2). To address this disparity, we conducted formative research with Northern Plains Native American community members, resulting in My Journey, a culturally attuned curriculum for 6⁻8th graders. My Journey is grounded in traditional values and teachings to promote self-efficacy in sexual health decision-making and engagement in prosocial behaviors. We conducted a pilot study with 6⁻8th grade students (n = 45), aged 11⁻14 years (22 females, 23 males). Pilot study findings confirm program feasibility and acceptability. The process evaluation revealed that teachers liked the curriculum, particularly its adaptability of cultural components and ease of student engagement. The outcome evaluation demonstrated that My Journey provided an avenue for NA youth to increase their sex refusal self-efficacy. Application of the culture cube framework revealed My Journey has made a meaningful practice-based evidence contribution as a community-defined, culturally integrated curriculum that is effective. Future directions include broader implementation of My Journey, including adaption for additional populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 6 2019
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Pregnancy in Adolescence
Evidence-Based Practice
Population Groups
Curriculum
North American Indians
Self Efficacy
Students
Birth Rate
Reproductive Health
Decision Making
Teaching
Research
Population

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • curriculum development
  • positive youth development
  • pregnancy prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Cite this

My Journey : Development and Practice-Based Evidence of a Culturally Attuned Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Native Youth. / Kenyon, DenYelle; McMahon, Tracey R.; Simonson, Anna; Green-Maximo, Char; Schwab, Ashley; Huff, Melissa; Sieving, Renee E.

In: International journal of environmental research and public health, Vol. 16, No. 3, 06.02.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kenyon, DenYelle ; McMahon, Tracey R. ; Simonson, Anna ; Green-Maximo, Char ; Schwab, Ashley ; Huff, Melissa ; Sieving, Renee E. / My Journey : Development and Practice-Based Evidence of a Culturally Attuned Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Native Youth. In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 2019 ; Vol. 16, No. 3.
@article{4a68708658d440d18984b135da5d5080,
title = "My Journey: Development and Practice-Based Evidence of a Culturally Attuned Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Native Youth",
abstract = "A clear need exists for teen pregnancy prevention programs that are responsive to the specific needs and cultural contexts of Native American communities. Recent data indicates that the birth rate for Native teens is nearly two and a half times the rate for White teens (32.9 versus 13.2). To address this disparity, we conducted formative research with Northern Plains Native American community members, resulting in My Journey, a culturally attuned curriculum for 6⁻8th graders. My Journey is grounded in traditional values and teachings to promote self-efficacy in sexual health decision-making and engagement in prosocial behaviors. We conducted a pilot study with 6⁻8th grade students (n = 45), aged 11⁻14 years (22 females, 23 males). Pilot study findings confirm program feasibility and acceptability. The process evaluation revealed that teachers liked the curriculum, particularly its adaptability of cultural components and ease of student engagement. The outcome evaluation demonstrated that My Journey provided an avenue for NA youth to increase their sex refusal self-efficacy. Application of the culture cube framework revealed My Journey has made a meaningful practice-based evidence contribution as a community-defined, culturally integrated curriculum that is effective. Future directions include broader implementation of My Journey, including adaption for additional populations.",
keywords = "adolescents, American Indian/Alaska Native, curriculum development, positive youth development, pregnancy prevention",
author = "DenYelle Kenyon and McMahon, {Tracey R.} and Anna Simonson and Char Green-Maximo and Ashley Schwab and Melissa Huff and Sieving, {Renee E.}",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "6",
doi = "10.3390/ijerph16030470",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "16",
journal = "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health",
issn = "1661-7827",
publisher = "Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - My Journey

T2 - Development and Practice-Based Evidence of a Culturally Attuned Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for Native Youth

AU - Kenyon, DenYelle

AU - McMahon, Tracey R.

AU - Simonson, Anna

AU - Green-Maximo, Char

AU - Schwab, Ashley

AU - Huff, Melissa

AU - Sieving, Renee E.

PY - 2019/2/6

Y1 - 2019/2/6

N2 - A clear need exists for teen pregnancy prevention programs that are responsive to the specific needs and cultural contexts of Native American communities. Recent data indicates that the birth rate for Native teens is nearly two and a half times the rate for White teens (32.9 versus 13.2). To address this disparity, we conducted formative research with Northern Plains Native American community members, resulting in My Journey, a culturally attuned curriculum for 6⁻8th graders. My Journey is grounded in traditional values and teachings to promote self-efficacy in sexual health decision-making and engagement in prosocial behaviors. We conducted a pilot study with 6⁻8th grade students (n = 45), aged 11⁻14 years (22 females, 23 males). Pilot study findings confirm program feasibility and acceptability. The process evaluation revealed that teachers liked the curriculum, particularly its adaptability of cultural components and ease of student engagement. The outcome evaluation demonstrated that My Journey provided an avenue for NA youth to increase their sex refusal self-efficacy. Application of the culture cube framework revealed My Journey has made a meaningful practice-based evidence contribution as a community-defined, culturally integrated curriculum that is effective. Future directions include broader implementation of My Journey, including adaption for additional populations.

AB - A clear need exists for teen pregnancy prevention programs that are responsive to the specific needs and cultural contexts of Native American communities. Recent data indicates that the birth rate for Native teens is nearly two and a half times the rate for White teens (32.9 versus 13.2). To address this disparity, we conducted formative research with Northern Plains Native American community members, resulting in My Journey, a culturally attuned curriculum for 6⁻8th graders. My Journey is grounded in traditional values and teachings to promote self-efficacy in sexual health decision-making and engagement in prosocial behaviors. We conducted a pilot study with 6⁻8th grade students (n = 45), aged 11⁻14 years (22 females, 23 males). Pilot study findings confirm program feasibility and acceptability. The process evaluation revealed that teachers liked the curriculum, particularly its adaptability of cultural components and ease of student engagement. The outcome evaluation demonstrated that My Journey provided an avenue for NA youth to increase their sex refusal self-efficacy. Application of the culture cube framework revealed My Journey has made a meaningful practice-based evidence contribution as a community-defined, culturally integrated curriculum that is effective. Future directions include broader implementation of My Journey, including adaption for additional populations.

KW - adolescents

KW - American Indian/Alaska Native

KW - curriculum development

KW - positive youth development

KW - pregnancy prevention

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85061242953&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85061242953&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.3390/ijerph16030470

DO - 10.3390/ijerph16030470

M3 - Article

VL - 16

JO - International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

JF - International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

SN - 1661-7827

IS - 3

ER -