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NCJ Number: 120875 Find in a Library
Title: Youth At-Risk: Targeting Teen-Agers for Pregnancy Prevention
Journal: State Legislative Report  Volume:14  Issue:10  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:1-8
Author(s): S C Biemesderfer; P D Bustos
Corporate Author: National Conference of State Legislators
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
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Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This State legislative report examines teen pregnancy and parenting from the perspective of youth at-risk, with a focus on preventive interventions designed to address the problems posed by teen pregnancy and parenting.
Abstract: An overview of the problem notes that teen pregnancy is one consequence of at-risk behavior that is of particular concern to legislators, because it often results in dependency on State services. A review of relevant State legislative and program responses focuses on primary risk prevention, i.e., preventing pregnancy in the first place, and secondary risk prevention, which involves preventing teens already pregnant from mismanaging their lives or becoming pregnant again. Primary prevention programs generally fall into two categories: those that impart knowledge or increase awareness of at-risk behaviors and those that help teens to develop their self-esteem and decisionmaking skills. Secondary risk prevention focuses on preventing teen parents from dropping out of school or becoming pregnant again. Programs include job training, child care while at school or in job training, and initiatives to promote the benefits of delaying second pregnancies. Comprehensive programs address facets of both primary and secondary prevention. 13 references.
Main Term(s): Adolescent parents
Index Term(s): State laws; State-by-state analyses
Note: Part of the Teenage Pregnancy Project of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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