TitleMidlife women online: evaluation of an internet-based program to prevent unintended pregnancy & STIs.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSwartz, LHG, Sherman, CA, Harvey, SM, Blanchard, J, Vawter, F, Gau, J
JournalJournal of women & aging
Date Published2011
KeywordsSexually Transmitted Diseases

BACKGROUND: Midlife women are an underserved population in the areas of unintended pregnancy and STI prevention yet remain at risk for both health conditions. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial of an Internet-based multimedia program to reduce risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs among midlife women was conducted with 164 women ages 40-55 years of age. RESULTS: Women in the treatment condition compared to the control condition reported significant gains in attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavioral intentions at posttest. CONCLUSION: Interventions specifically targeted to midlife women can impact constructs known to reduce risk. Implications for future research and intervention development are presented.