A pre-post test follow-up design was used to test the effects of a systematically developed photo-novella (Laduma) on knowledge, attitudes, communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections, after a single reading by 1168 secondary school learners in South Africa. The reading resulted in an increase in knowledge on the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), change in attitude to condom use and towards people with STIs and/or HIV/AIDS, as well as increased intention to practice safe sex. Laduma did not influence communication about sexually transmitted infections and reported sexual behaviour and condom use. While print media proved to be an effective strategy to reach large numbers of youth and prepare them for adequate preventive behaviours, the study also identified the need to combine print media with other planned theory-based interventions that build confidence and skills to initiate the preventive behaviour.
James, S., Reddy, P. S., Ruiter, R. A. C., Taylor, M., Jinabhai, C. C., van Empelen, P., & van den Borne, H. W. (2005). The effects of a systematically developed photo-novella on knowledge attitudes communication and behavioural intentions with respect to sexually transmitted infections among secondary school learners in South Africa. Health Promotion International, 20(2), 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dah606