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Table 1 Efficacy Study Outcome Variables

From: Impact of a parent-child sexual communication campaign: results from a controlled efficacy trial of parents

Scale/Index Items Response Categories
Wait Until Older Social Norm Index  
To what age do you think boys should wait before being sexually active? 1 (until 14), 2 (until 16), 3 (until 18+), 4 (until married)
To what age do you think girls should wait before being sexually active? 1 (until 14), 2 (until 16), 3 (until 18+), 4 (until married)
Efficacy to Practice Parent-Child Communication  
How sure are you that you can always explain to your child why s/he should wait to be sexually active? 1 (not sure at all or very unsure) to 3 (completely sure or very sure)
How sure are you that you can always explain to your child how to make a boy/girl wait until ready to be sexually active? 1 (not sure at all or very unsure) to 3 (completely sure or very sure)
How sure are you that you can always explain to your child how to tell a boy/girl no if your child does not want to be sexually active? 1 (not sure at all or very unsure) to 3 (completely sure or very sure)
How sure are you that you can always explain to your child ways to have fun with a boy/girl without being sexually active? 1 (not sure at all or very unsure) to 3 (completely sure or very sure)
Short-term Outcome Expectation Scale  
If you talk early and often with your child about sex, your child will...  
   Be less likely to be sexually active as a young teen 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree)
   Not think you are judgmental 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree)
   Understand the benefits of waiting to have sex 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree)
   Not listen to what you say 1 (strongly agree) to 4 (strongly disagree)
   Think you are a hypocrite 1 (strongly agree) to 4 (strongly disagree)
   Rebel and want to engage in sexual activity even more 1 (strongly agree) to 4 (strongly disagree)
Long-term Outcome Expectation Index  
By effectively talking with your child about delaying sexual activity, you will be able to positively impact your child's future success and happiness 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree)
If you can convince your child to wait to have sex, s/he will have a better chance to succeed as an adult 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree)