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Biological, behavioural and pyschological outcome measures

Cowan, FM; Plummer, M; (2009) Biological, behavioural and pyschological outcome measures. In: Effective Sexual Health Interventions: Issues in Experimental Evaluation.

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Abstract

© Oxford University Press, 2014. This chapter discusses the general points to consider when selecting outcomes for determining sexual risk reduction. It considers the attributes, limitations, measurement, and interpretation of various biological, behavioural, psychological, and other outcome measures of sexual risk reduction. The choice of outcome measures used to assess intervention effectiveness will depend on logistical as well as scientific factors. Biological outcome measures have several advantages over behavioural and cognitive measures. Biological measures are not prone to reporting bias, and thus may provide more valid data than self-reported measures. In addition, interventions that have been shown to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancy are likely to carry more weight with policy-makers than those that have only been shown to change sexual behaviour or cognitions.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Biological, behavioural and pyschological outcome measures
ISBN-13: 9780191723797
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508496.003.0008
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Infection and Population Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1501620
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