ix Copyright 2023 Marline E. Pearson music, music videos, film, stories, drawing, and sculpting. It includes an engaging, interactive journal where participants can apply the concepts and skills to their own lives. Finally, there is a Trusted Adult Connection activity for each lesson to build a bond by communicating with a caring adult or mentor on these very important issues. Evidence-Based Program In addition to Love Notes having been recognized as an evidence-based program for pregnancy prevention, as mentioned at the start, it is notable that Love Notes is an adaptation of an earlier program written by this author for younger teens. Relationship Smarts completed a 5-year evaluation involving over 8,000 diverse teenagers in the state of Alabama. Researchers from Auburn University conducting the study report sustained gains over time. Findings include: increases in students’ realistic understanding of relationships and decreases in faulty relationship beliefs, broadened understanding of relationship aggression, and declines in aggression in relationships as compared to those in the control group.4 Relationship Smarts (and Love Notes as an adaptation) were listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA). Notes: 1 Barbee, A. P., Cunningham, M. R., van Zyl, M. A., Antle, B. F., & Langley, C. N. (2016). Impact of two adolescent pregnancy prevention interventions on risky sexual behavior: A three-arm cluster randomized control trial. American Journal of Public Health, 106(S1), S85–S90. http://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303429. (For the OAH evidence-based list, see https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/sites/default/files ebp- chart1.pdf.) See the interview with Anita P. Barbee, MSSW, Ph.D., Principle Investigator: MedicalResearch.com. (2016, October 14). Impact of two adolescent pregnancy prevention interventions on risky sexual behavior. https://medicalresearch.com/author- interviews/impact-two-adolescent-pregnancy-prevention-interventions-risky-sexual- behavior/28876/
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