Date of Award
College of Nursing
This quasi-experiment study tested the effectiveness of a simulation program on African American adolescent females’ attitude toward having a baby and their knowledge of risk factors associated with pre-marital sex. The experimental group (n=15) participated in Baby Think It Over (BTIO), a program using infant simulators (computerized dolls) and a didactic program - Saving Ourselves (SOS) and the Next Generation. The control group (n=15) was selected from a Black church.
The experimental group didn't significantly increase their attitude or knowledge scores and was not significantly more knowledgeable than the control group on post-testing. They did have significantly more realistic post-test attitudes toward teen pregnancy than the control group (t =2.02, p=.025).
Experimental group journal entries reflected clear indication that having a baby was more trouble than anticipated. While the design and sample were limitations, use of simulators proved a useful teaching strategy in the African American community.
Moody, Laura B., "The Effects of Role-Play and Simulation as Pregnancy Prevention Strategies on Knowledge and Attitude of African-American Adolescents in an Urban Community" (1999). Masters Theses. 449.