Development, acceptability, and perceived effectiveness of a trauma-informed adolescent self-regulation intervention

Eval Program Plann. 2023 Apr:97:102232. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2023.102232. Epub 2023 Jan 13.


Youth who have experienced trauma often face challenges with self-regulation and can have diminished health outcomes, including those related to sexual and reproductive health. We developed a 12-session blended e-learning intervention for youth involved in juvenile justice systems to encourage healthy sexual decision-making by improving self-regulation skills. This paper describes the development of the program, e-Practice Self-Regulation, as well as an assessment of program acceptability and perceived effectiveness among youth participants. Data were collected using a feedback survey from youth who both completed (n = 95) and did not complete (n = 80) the intervention. Program acceptability was high among all participants, and over 70 % of both completers and non-completers would recommend e-Practice Self-Regulation to peers. Youth reported positive interactions with facilitators and described sessions as helpful, interesting, and educational. The most common criticism was online session length. A majority in both groups reported perceived effectiveness related to sexual health and self-regulation, which increased with more sessions completed. Results suggest e-Practice Self-Regulation is acceptable to youth participants, who reported learning skills necessary for self-regulation and sexual health and intended to use these skills to avoid unplanned pregnancy.

Keywords: Adolescent health; Blended learning; E-learning; Evaluation; Program planning; Reproductive health; Sexual health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Pregnancy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self-Control*
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Health*