A Text Mining Approach for Adapting a School-Based Sexual Health Promotion Program in Colombia

Pablo Vallejo-Medina*, Juan C Correa, Mayra Gomez-Lugo, Diego Alejandro Saavedra-Roa, Eileen García-Montaño, Diana Pérez-Pedraza, J Nieves-Charris, Paola García-Roncallo, Daniella Abello-Luque, José Pedro Espada, Alexandra Morales

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A common practice among clinical psychologists and other health professionals is the use of school-based sexual health promotion programs as a means for preventing sexually transmitted infections. A fundamental criterion for the designing and adaptation of these programs is the age of their target populations because limited education and language are the most relevant factors that limit the efficacy of these programs. The contribution of this paper consists of assessing both the readability of the written materials that accompany the contents of a Spanish-written school-based sexual health promotion program used in Colombia, as well as the words co-occurrence network structure of its contents. The readability of the evaluated program corresponded to its intended target population aged between 14 and 19, with the schooling of 9–13 years of education. The resulting words co-occurrence network structure of the COMPAS program also mirrored its theoretical content. These results all together are deemed as empirical evidence of the adequacy of the program.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101090
Pages (from-to)101090
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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