Journal article

Feasibility study of peer-led and school-based social network Intervention (STASH) to promote adolescent sexual health.

Kirstin R Mitchell, Carrie Purcell, Sharon A Simpson, Chiara Broccatelli, Julia V Bailey, Sarah JE Barry, Lawrie Elliott, Ross Forsyth, Rachael Hunter, Mark McCann, Lisa McDaid, Kirsty Wetherall, Laurence Moore

Pilot Feasibility Stud | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Effective sex education is the key to good sexual health. Peer-led approaches can augment teacher-delivered sex education, but many fail to capitalise on mechanisms of social influence. We assessed the feasibility of a novel intervention (STASH) in which students (aged 14-16) nominated as influential by their peers were recruited and trained as Peer Supporters (PS). Over a 5-10-week period, they spread positive sexual health messages to friends in their year group, both in-person and via social media, and were supported to do so via weekly trainer-facilitated meetings. The aims of the study were to assess the feasibility of STASH (acceptability, fidelity and reach), to test and r..

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