Developing and validating complex behavioural outcome measures

Rochelle N. Shain, Sondra Perdue, Jeanna M. Piper, Alan E.C. Holden, Jane Champion, Edward R. Newton

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Interventions developed to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have typically focused on changes in discrete behaviours. However, simple behaviours alone may not be directly related to risk of infection. This chapter examines the types of behavioural measures commonly used, and explores the development of complex measures. It considers the utility of each with reference to data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that have utilized both biological and behavioural measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEffective Sexual Health Interventions
Subtitle of host publicationIssues in Experimental Evaluation
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191723797
ISBN (Print)9780198508496
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Behaviour change
  • Biology
  • Measured behaviour
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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