Developing and validating complex behavioural outcome measures

Rochelle N. Shain, Sondra Perdue, Jeanna M. Piper, Alan E.C. Holden, Jane Champion and Edward R. Newton

in Effective Sexual Health Interventions

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780198508496
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723797 | DOI:
Developing and validating complex behavioural outcome measures

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Interventions developed to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have typically focused on changes in discrete behaviours. However, simple behaviours alone may not be directly related to risk of infection. This chapter examines the types of behavioural measures commonly used, and explores the development of complex measures. It considers the utility of each with reference to data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that have utilized both biological and behavioural measures.

Keywords: measured behaviour; biology; sexual behaviour; behaviour change; sexually transmitted infections; randomized controlled trials

Chapter.  6060 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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