"A Novel Pregnancy Prevention Intervention for Latino Middle School Girls (JUEGA)", Anne Norris, PhD, PI

The aim of this randomized group trial is to test the efficacy of a promising and innovative intervention (Mighty Girls) for reducing teen Latina sexual behavior and pregnancy that was developed in a successful R15 feasibility trial.

Mighty Girls uses cutting-edge technology to create a novel, highly interactive, video game that provides a live, realistic simulation of peer pressure. Players talk directly with avatars as they would with peers in their everyday life. This intervention focuses on building communication skills for resistance that are derived from evidence-based programs that do not jeopardize friendships and incorporate Latino cultural values (Marianismo, Personalismo, Simpata) skills valued by middle school Latinas.