Utilizing a game for both needs assessment and learning in adolescent sexuality education

Lydia Shifman, Clarissa S. Scott, Nancy Fawcett, Lavdena Orr

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A game was utilized within a structured small group work model with 35 female adolescents to (1) assess attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about menstruation, birth control and adolescent pregnancy, and (2) provide a learning experience. Group members were Black American, Hispanic and White (Anglo) American females of low socioeconomic status, 13-16 years old. Results indicated that the game was able to elicit differences in terminology, misconceptions and misinformation. In addition it provided an objective data base (i.e., a needs assessment profile) for the teaching which followed. Finally, through the use of a prepared answer slide, learning was shown to have taken place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-56
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work with Groups
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 8 1986


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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