Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

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Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Rates of sexually transmitted disease (STD), teen pregnancy, and teen births are higher in the United States than in most other industrialized countries (Kohler, 2008; Manhart, 2006; Teitelman, 2004; Terry-Humen, 2006). Five years ago, a Christian based, sexuality retreat curriculum was initiated that focused on teen knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about sexuality. The developmentally appropriate curriculum promoted an increased awareness of self and issues influencing sexuality. The goal was to create a common language and a better understanding of the way adolescent males and females think and behave in matters of sexuality. This paper presents an evaluative retrospective analysis of the Christian based curriculum for the sexuality retreat, plus the summative and formative evaluations of the participants. Madeline Leininger’s theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality served as a conceptual guide for this evaluative project. The Sunrise Enabler was applied to the sexuality retreat curriculum to identify cultural and social structure dimensions of culture care in the adolescent culture.


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