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NCJ Number: 136389 Find in a Library
Title: Turning Points: A Resource Guide on Teenagers, Pregnancy, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
Author(s): K Bankston; S Strong
Editor(s): K McIntyre
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Wisconsin Clearinghouse
Madison, WI 53701
Sale Source: Wisconsin Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 1468
Madison, WI 53701
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This resource guide on teenagers, pregnancy, alcohol, and other drugs is based on the premise that teenage girls who use alcohol or other drugs are at high risk of becoming pregnant.
Abstract: Because pregnant teenagers and teenage parents are also at risk for a host of physical, emotional, and economic problems, the guide is designed to help staff of school-age parents programs; teachers, school counselors, and nurses; principals and school administrators; other professionals in health care, family planning, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment; and community agencies who work with pregnant teenagers and their parents. Although the guide discusses parenting skills for pregnant teenagers, it can also be used with teenagers who have chosen adoption for their babies. The information and strategies included in the book are also appropriate for use in programs on alcohol and drug abuse and/or sexuality. The strategies are intended to help pregnant teens develop self-esteem, decisionmaking and other skills, and the support they need to avoid alcohol and other drugs. Strategies to help pregnant teens specifically focus on active listening and communication, the importance of a realistic approach, and the use of positive messages. The guide discusses myths about drugs and pregnancy, pregnancy complications associated with drug use, support for pregnant teenagers to help them avoid alcohol and other drugs, and reasons for avoiding drugs after the baby is born. Information resources are listed, and worksheets are included.
Main Term(s): Adolescent pregnancy; Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescents at risk
Note: Excerpts from Life's Lessons Aren't Always Learned in the Classroom, a Funky Winkerbeam series about teenage pregnancy
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