Journal Article

The effects of a systematically developed photo-novella on knowledge, attitudes, communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections among secondary school learners in South Africa

Shamagonam James, Priscilla S. Reddy, Robert A. C. Ruiter, Myra Taylor, Champaklal C. Jinabhai, Pepijn Van Empelen and Bart Van Den Borne

in Health Promotion International

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 157-165
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online March 2005 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dah606
The effects of a systematically developed photo-novella on knowledge, attitudes, communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections among secondary school learners in South Africa

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A pre-post test follow-up design was used to test the effects of a systematically developed photo-novella (Laduma) on knowledge, attitudes, communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections, after a single reading by 1168 secondary school learners in South Africa. The reading resulted in an increase in knowledge on the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), change in attitude to condom use and towards people with STIs and/or HIV/AIDS, as well as increased intention to practice safe sex. Laduma did not influence communication about sexually transmitted infections and reported sexual behaviour and condom use. While print media proved to be an effective strategy to reach large numbers of youth and prepare them for adequate preventive behaviours, the study also identified the need to combine print media with other planned theory-based interventions that build confidence and skills to initiate the preventive behaviour.

Keywords: STI/AIDS education; photo-novella; intervention

Journal Article.  4386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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