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NCJ Number: 120801 Find in a Library
Title: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs: What Have We Learned?
Author(s): T Ooms; L Herendeen
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: American Assoc for Marriage and Family Therapy
Upland, CA 91786
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Flint, MI 48502
Sale Source: American Assoc for Marriage and Family Therapy
924 West 9th
Upland, CA 91786
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Panelists participating in this family impact seminar examined recent research on teenage pregnancy prevention programs.
Abstract: In presenting an overview of trends in adolescent pregnancy, the first panelist noted that there are two points of intervention at which programs can attempt to reduce teenage pregnancy. Programs can teach adolescents to postpone the initiation of sexual activity, or they can increase the use of contraceptives among the sexually active. The second panelist identified ways of strengthening adolescent pregnancy prevention programs, while the third panelist outlined some of the difficulties such programs encounter in producing measurable results. It was pointed out that program goals need to be specific and that an evaluation component should be built in at a program's inception. The final panelist reported that research and evaluation findings have led to the development of the "life options" approach to teenage pregnancy prevention. This approach offers a comprehensive solution based on traditional prevention methods (sex education and contraception), combined with improvements in education, job training, and community development. The background briefing report examines determinants of teenage pregnancy, goals and types of pregnancy prevention programs, family planning and school-based clinics, family involvement as a pregnancy prevention strategy, and the Federal role in teenage pregnancy prevention. 45 references, 1 figure.
Main Term(s): Adolescent parents
Index Term(s): Juvenile health services; Juvenile treatment methods
Note: Meeting highlights and background briefing report of a seminar titled "Family Centered Social Policy: The Emerging Agenda," US Capitol, Washington, DC, May 26, 1989
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