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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

5/1/2003:   May 7, 2003 marks the second National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, and countless sources of information are available to help agencies learn more about the issue and spread the message.

The most recent research focuses on the elevated risk of pregnancy among siblings of teens who have become pregnant or who have become teen parents. California's Adolescent Sibling Pregnancy Prevention Program is targeted at these high-risk youth, and it appears to be effective.

At the end of the nine month study, females in the program had a significantly lower pregnancy rate than did females in a comparison group (4% vs. 7%), and a lower rate of sexual initiation (7% vs. 16%). These young women also reported significantly more definite intentions of remaining abstinent at the end of the program than did comparison females.

Among males in the program, consistency of contraceptive use increased over time, while those not enrolled in the program saw a decrease in contraceptive use. Males in the program delayed onset of intercourse. Services related to psychosocial skills was correlated with greater contraceptive use at last sexual encounter, among all sexually experienced youth.

For a complete copy of the study, visit this website.

For more on National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, visit www.teenpregnancy.org.

Visit CWLA's website to learn more about this program.

To view CWLA's Research Roundup on Teen Pregnancy click here (PDF file).

To read a recent Children's Voice article focusing on preventing Latino teen pregnancy click here.

For more information contact Bianca Laureano, Program Manager, at blaureano@cwla.org or 202/942-0282.

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