"The sensitive nature of this issue can create discomfort and lead students to avoid engaging with the material or participating at all," states the study's paper, written by Alberto Chong, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Dean Karlan and Martin Valdivia. "The anonymity and privacy which are possible with computer-based learning may actually be better suited to teaching adolescents about sexual health."
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Six months after it ended, researchers found the "course showed itself effective in improving students' knowledge and attitude indicators in the short and medium term, and led to a reduction in self-reported STIs among the sexually active at baseline."
Student were given condom vouchers six months after the course ended. Researchers found that "treated students" - those who participated in the course - redeemed their vouchers at a rate 10 percent higher than those in the control group.
Researchers also found "strong indication that effects of the course were reinforced when treated individuals had larger percentages of their friend networks in treatment classrooms."