Ronald B. Harrist

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In utero estimates of fetal weight were evaluated prospectively in 109 fetuses with the use of sonographic models developed in a previous study. This report confirms that the best in utero weight estimates result from the use of models based on measurements of head size, abdominal size, and femur length. Since the accuracy of these models (1 SD = 7.5%) is(More)
Sonographic estimation of fetal weight in utero was performed in 167 live-born fetuses examined within one week of delivery. Regression models were based on measurements of abdominal circumference, head circumference, biparietal diameter, and femur length, both alone and in combination. The best results (1 S.D. = 7.5% of actual weight) were obtained by(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the long-term effectiveness of Safer Choices, a theory-based, multi-component educational program designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors and increase protective behaviors in preventing HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy among high school students. METHODS The study used a randomized controlled trial involving 20 high schools(More)
Regression analysis was used to develop an in utero fetal weight model from a population of 392 predominantly middle-class white patients with certain menstrual histories. There was a gradual increase in fetal weight from 35 g at 10 weeks to 3,619 g at 40 weeks, with uniform variance of +/- 12.7% (1 standard deviation) throughout gestation. When tested(More)
This paper presents the results of theory-based intervention strategies to increase the adoption of a tobacco prevention program. The adoption intervention followed a series of dissemination intervention strategies targeted at 128 school districts in Texas. Informed by Social Cognitive Theory, the intervention provided opportunities for districts to learn(More)
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the first year of Safer Choices, a theoretically based, multicomponent HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention program for high school youth. The study featured a randomized trial involving 20 schools in California and Texas, with a cohort of 3,869 ninth-grade students. Students who completed both the baseline and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the 6-month change in selected nutrients and number of binge days (from 7-day food records) between obese binge eaters randomly assigned to either a behavioral self-management (BSM) or waiting list control (WLC) group. Within each of the 2 groups, the average intake of selected nutrients on binge and nonbinge days at baseline and at 6(More)
A new technique is described for predicting menstrual age in the third trimester of pregnancy (28-42 weeks) using multiple fetal growth parameters (biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, femur length). Evaluation of this technique in 177 normal third trimester pregnancies demonstrated that significant improvement in the(More)
There has been growing interest in the relationship between the social environment and health. Among the concepts that have emerged over the past decade to examine this relationship are socio-economic inequality and social capital. Using data from the World Values Survey and the World Bank, we tested the hypothesis that self-rated health is affected by(More)
OBJECTIVES Ten Seattle high schools made condoms available through vending machines, baskets in school clinics, or both. This study measured the number of condoms that students obtained and subsequent changes in sexual behavior and condom use. METHODS Schoolwide surveys were administered in spring 1993 and in spring 1995, before and during the condom(More)