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Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only (PHAT-AO)

Implementation Setting: 
After school program or community-based organizationHigh schoolMiddle school
Intervention Length: 
Fewer than 10 sessions
Age Group: 
13 or under
Race / Ethnicity: 
Outcomes Affected: 
Sexual initiation or abstinenceRecent sexual activity
Study Rating: 

Program Summary

Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only (PHAT-AO) is an eight hour abstinence-only HIV/STD- and pregnancy-prevention intervention for adolescents. The interactive and student-centric curriculum is designed to teach participants about puberty, HIV/STDs, and pregnancy prevention, and building refusal and negotiation skills, with a focus on abstinence as the best method for avoiding infection and pregnancy.

Read the full Implementation Report, which includes:

  • Program Overview
  • Program Components
  • Implementation Requirements and Guidance
  • Implementation Readiness Assessment

Interview with the Program Developer

See the materials below to hear from the program developer.

Promoting Health Among Teens! (Abstinence Only) webinar slides

Slides, Audio, Transcript

Advice from the Field

OAH has compiled lessons learned and advice related to implementation and cost implications of PHAT-AO from TPP grantees. The information below is intended to provide useful tips and overall feedback that organizations should consider when choosing and implementing PHAT-AO.

Program Components

  • Consider making minor adaptations to the PHAT-AO curriculum to make the information more accessible to participants with low literacy skills.
  • Consider the amount of time needed for PHAT-AO adaptations to go through the medical accuracy review process as some of the information in the videos is no longer accurate.
  • Ask the program facility‚Äôs coordinator about the materials that will be provided to you. This allows you to make preparations and budget accordingly for the materials (e.g., photocopier for PHAT-AO news prints, media equipment) you need to bring and/or purchase.

Stakeholder and Parent Buy-in

  • Develop relationships with community liaisons who are able communicate information to parents about what the program entails; especially in those communities with large immigrant populations. Parents may be concerned about enrolling their child in a federally-funded program due to their immigration status.

Read the list of potential adaptations that were previously implemented by OAH grantees for Promoting Health Among Teens! Abstinence-Only Intervention.

Read the research about the PHAT-AO program at ASPE's website.

Content created by the
Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on
Friday, December 11, 2015