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Andrea Goldstein


The Teen Prevention Education Program (PEP) utilizes different methods, mainly peer teaching via skits and small groups, to help influence adolescents to make informed sexual decisions. The purpose of this study is to find how Teen PEP can have an effect on an adolescent's decision on whether to or not hookup. This study utilized interviews with participants of the program asking them about their views on hooking up and how they view how Teen PEP aided in their decision-making whether to or not hook up. While transcribing the interviews and looking for keywords related to the research questions, the analysis found that out of the 9 interviews performed only one participant had hooked up and that that Teen PEP had influenced their sexual decisions in the future. Another result of the study showed that faith and morality played a part in a participant's decision to not hookup. Some recommendations would be make the scope of the study larger and interview more Teen PEP participants. This study benefits the Teen PEP organization and any high schools that are looking to institute a peer taught sexual education program since the study shows that Teen PEP is an effective program. By showing the efficacy of Teen PEP, that could lead to social change by causing more high schools to implement Teen PEP in order to institute an effective program for sexual education.