The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

It’s Your Game Family (IYG Family)

Project Description

It’s Your Game Family (IYG Family) is an interactive, Internet-based HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention program for middle school students. The IYG Family study builds on prior IYG research and will contribute to our understanding of using the Internet to deliver an HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention program to middle school-aged students in the home setting that is mediated by parents. The project name is denoted as IYG Family and the final product is titled The Secret of Seven Stones.

The Secret of Seven Stones is an Internet-based adventure game designed for home use to assist parents and children go beyond “the sex talk” to help youth make healthy and responsible decisions about friendships, dating relationships, and sex. The Secret of Seven Stones provides sexual health life skills training for youth, associated training for parents, and real-time parent-youth exchanges to encourage communication, connectedness, and monitoring.

For more information, contact the Principal Investigator:

Ross Shegog
(713) 500-9677
Ross.Shegog@uth.tmc.edu

Funding Agency

National Institutes of Health – Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)


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