Independent evaluators at Montclair State University found that Relationship Intelligence Training risk avoidance education significantly increased students’ intentions to delay sexual involvement compared with students who had not received the program.
At a followup survey given 6 – 10 months after receiving 6 hours of RIT education, students were 48% less likely to say they planned to have sex in the next 12 months. In contrast students who did not receive RIT had 36% increased intentions to become sexually active (p=.004).
At 6 – 10 month follow-up, students who received RIT education were 25% less likely to say they planned to have sex before graduating from high school. In contrast students who did not receive RiT had 45% increased intent to have sex before graduating from high school (p=.001).
At 6 – 10 month follow-up, students given RIT education were 31% less likely to say they planned to have sex before marriage. In contrast students who did not receive RiT had 26% increased intent to have sex before marriage (p=.001).
The evaluators, Dr. Joseph Donnelly and Dr. Robert Horn, analyzed surveys given to 7th grade students during the 2013-2014 school year in Hudson and Passaic Counties who were surveyed again as 8th grade students in the Fall of 2014.
Relationship Intelligence Training education and after-school Free Teens youth activities in New Jersey are supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Health Program, utilizing federal funds.