When school districts and community-based organizations implement Healthy Futures Nu-CULTURE program, they know they are implementing a program that is based on evidence. Not only strong theory but a program that is likely to impact behavior. The 2016 peer reviewed study by Calise, Chow, Dore, et al., found that female students were significantly less likely to report they ever had sex.1 One of the key reasons for these positive impacts is that a 2014 study found Healthy Futures significantly increased parent-teen communication about sex. Research has consistently found that parent-teen communication is a protective factor. The parent-teen communication study can be found here.
One parent said, “I think Healthy Futures is an awesome program because it teaches students how to deal with real-life situations from puberty to sexual abuse and from different types of love to conflict-resolution. Keep up the great work!!!”
1Calise, T.V., Chow, W., Dore, K.F., O’Brien, M. J., Heitz, E. R., & Millock, R.R. (2016). Healthy Futures program and adolescent sexual behaviors in 3 Massachusetts cities: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health, 106, S103-S109.