A through H and the Positive Choice Program

The Positive Choice program is funded by a Community Base Abstinence Education (CBAE) grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Positive Choice curriculum is consistent with the definition of abstinence education pursuant to A through H of Section 510(b)(2) of the Social Security Act. A qualitative content analysis of the Positive Choice curriculum showed that the material in the curriculum directly relates to the 13 themes and that each theme is adequately addressed. Below are the modules and activities associated with each theme.

A through H with 13 Themes Module Activities
A. Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity until marriage;
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Definition of Abstinence and North Star; Practicing Abstinence and Still Showing I Care; North Star, Boundaries and Dream Team; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; Letter Regarding Positive Choice
B1. Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage is the expected standard for all school-age children;
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Relationships; Definition of Abstinence and North Star; Practicing Abstinence and Still Showing I Care; One in Four; STD/Pregnancy Myths and Facts; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Barriers/Solutions to Practicing Abstinence; Creating a Fun Date; The Positive Choice Review Game
B2. Teaches, in an age-appropriate manner, the topic of returning to abstinence, that teens who have engaged in non-marital sexual activity may abstain from further non-marital sexual activity, thereby reducing potential negative psychological, health, and social consequences.
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Definition of Abstinence; The Silent Epidemic; STD/Pregnancy Myths and Facts; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Barriers/Solutions to Practicing Abstinence
C1. Teaches, in an age-appropriate manner, that abstinence is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy;
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My Character Values, Goals, Boundaries and Dream Team; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence;
C2. Teaches, in an age-appropriate manner, that abstinence is the only certain way to avoid the sexual transmission of STDs and related health problems. Teaches the harmful physical effects of infection by STDs that may result from sexual activity outside of the context of faithful marriage. Teaches the physical health gains realized by abstaining from sexual activity.
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My Character Values, Goals, Boundaries and Dream Team; STDs and Problem Solving; The Silent Epidemic; One in Four; STD/Pregnancy Myths and Facts; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; The Positive Choice Review Game
D1. Teaches that the expected standard for sexual activity is within the context of a mutually monogamous marriage relationship between a man and a woman. Teaches that healthy human sexuality involves enduring fidelity, love and commitment; human happiness and well- being are associated with a stable, loving marriage. Teaches that non-marital sex can undermine the capacity for healthy marriage, love and commitment. Teaches that abstinence is beneficial in preparation for successful marriage and significantly increases the probability of a happy, healthy marriage.
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Practicing Abstinence and Still Showing I Care; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; The Positive Choice Review Game
D2. Teaches that human sexuality includes deep emotional and psychological aspects and is not merely physical in nature.
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Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; The Positive Choice Review Game
E1. Teaches the harmful psychological effects of sexual activity outside the context of marriage. Teaches the psychological gains realized by abstaining from sexual activity.
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One in Four; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; The Positive Choice Review Game
E2. Teaches that teen sexual activity may have harmful effects in addition to the effects previously mentioned in C1, C2, and E1. Teaches that abstinence can help youth to avoid these potentially harmful effects.
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The Silent Epidemic; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; The Positive Choice Review Game
F1. Teaches that sexual activity outside of marriage may result in non-marital pregnancy. Teaches, in an age-appropriate manner, that bearing children out-of-wedlock may have harmful consequences for the child. Teaches that by abstaining from non-marital sexual activity, teens will have increased potential to form healthy marriages that will benefit their future children.
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Non-Marital Pregnancy; STD/Pregnancy Myths and Facts; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; The Positive Choice Review Game
F2. Teaches the potential beneficial effects of marriage to the well-being of adults and society. Teaches, in an age-appropriate manner, that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child's parents and society as a whole.
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Non-Marital Pregnancy; Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; The Positive Choice Review Game
G1. Teaches the importance of goal setting and future-oriented thinking as a means of promoting sexual abstinence. Teaches the importance of personal character in deciding to remain sexually abstinent. Teaches the value of building and maintaining healthy relationships that are free from sexual involvement.
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Definition of Abstinence and North Star; North Star, Boundaries and Dream Team; My Character Values, Goals, Boundaries and Dream Team; The Silent Epidemic; One in Four; Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; Barriers/Solutions to Practicing Abstinence; What’s Your Comeback – Learning Resistance Skills; Enhancing Our Negotiation Skills: Role Play; The Positive Choice Review Game
G2. Teaches techniques and skills to help young people reject sexual advances and maintain the expected standard of abstinence.
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Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Barriers/Solutions to Practicing Abstinence; What’s Your Comeback – Learning Resistance Skills; Creating a Fun Date; The Positive Choice Review Game; Enhancing Our Negotiation Skills: Role Play
G3. Teaches that the use of drugs or alcohol can increase one's vulnerability to sexual advances (including sexual exploitation or violence). Teaches skills for avoiding high-risk situations where sexual activity is more likely.
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Attitude and Beliefs About Abstinence Until Marriage; Barriers/Solutions to Practicing Abstinence
H. Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
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Benefits of Sex vs. Benefits of Abstinence; Sex in Marriage; Creating a Fun Date; Letter Regarding Positive Choice

DID YOU KNOW...
In the U.S., teens spend an average of six to seven hours each day with some form of media.