CAPP: Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective!
Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! (BPBRBP) is an adaptation of the Be Proud! Be Responsible! program for pregnant and parenting adolescent women. The curriculum emphasizes the role of maternal protectiveness in motivating adolescents to make healthy sexual decisions and decrease risky sexual behavior. It also encourages adolescents to take on sexual responsibility and accountability and increases awareness of the effects of HIV/AIDS on children and communities. BPBRBP aims to reduce unprotected sex among sexually active, pregnant, and parenting teens by affecting knowledge, beliefs, and intentions related to condom use and sexual behaviors.
Evidence of Effectiveness
In a rigorous randomized control study conducted in 2006, youth who received the BPBRBP intervention had increased behavioral intentions to use condoms, reported significantly fewer sexual partners, and had significantly better scores on HIV knowledge compared to the control group. The adolescents who received the BPBRBP intervention had higher self-efficacy to use condoms and demonstrated greater condom use knowledge.
The BPBRBP curriculum is available for purchase from ETR.
Program modules focus on behavioral attitudes, expectations, negotiation and problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, and feelings of maternal protectiveness. At the end of this program students will:
- Have increased knowledge, beliefs, and intentions related to condom use and sexual behaviors such as initiation and frequency of intercourse.
- Understand the impact of HIV on pregnant women and their children, the prevention of disease during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and special concerns of young mothers.
- Have the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce their risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unplanned or repeat pregnancies.
BPBRBP consists of eight hours of content presented in one-hour modules. The curriculum was designed to be used in community settings with small groups of adolescent mothers and pregnant girls in grades 7-12.
The BPBRBP implementation set includes the facilitator's guide, activity set, and five DVDs. The curriculum requires the use of a monitor with DVD capabilities. Available on the ETR website, the Implementation Manual provides detailed information about the themes, goals, and theory base of the program. The guide also offers descriptions of the various steps in implementation.
Successful implementation of evidence-based programs requires significant planning. Use the template below to create your implementation plan.
Implementation guidelines make clear the program developer's recommendations as well adaptations you may need to consider. Take these guidelines into account as you plan for implementation.
Remember, pre-post surveys are required for each evidence-based program you implement. Learn more:
Prior to facilitating the program, educators must complete the Training of Educators for BPBR and the online implementation training offered by ACT for Youth. Scheduled trainings are posted on the CAPP Training Calendar:
All adaptations — planned and unplanned — must be recorded in the online reporting system.
While some adaptations will render a program ineffective (for example, turning a skill-building activity into a lecture), others are necessary (updating language to make a program more inclusive of specific populations, for example). Whenever possible, necessary adaptations should be planned in advance, working with ACT for Youth.
Planning Tool: Master Lists
To help you plan, implement, and report adaptations systematically, ACT for Youth has developed planning tools for master lists of adaptations for each EBP. Health Educator Supervisors can use these tools to draft a master list. Below, we've provided a Be Proud! Be Responsible! (BPBR) master list as an example. Your ACT for Youth Support Team will work with you to finalize your own adaptation master list.
On Site: Adaptation Notes Tool
When adaptations happen on the fly, they must be recorded. All data on adaptations can help us understand how to improve program implementation. To facilitate note-taking, the document below has a notes section for each activity.