oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - The straight talk model: using adolescents to design adolescent programmes in Kenya



Changing the behaviour of adolescents is a complicated process that is not well understood. Adult programmes designed to change the behaviour of adolescents usually depend upon a top-down approach and show little evidence of being successful. In this action research study a programme model using adolescent experiences and opinions was developed and implemented. The model was used to develop a programme that was delivered through the Straight Talk newspaper and Straight Talk clubs. The programme model was evaluated by a questionnaire, administered on a pre- and post-test basis using an intervention and control group. The results are presented and discussed. The programme model proved to be effective and is worthy of replication.


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