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ERIC Number: ED018052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Apr
Pages: 165
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Reference Count: 0
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EVALUATION OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR PREGNANT GIRLS.
RICHARDSON, ANN
TO ASSESS THE SHORT RANGE EFFECTS OF PARTICIPATION IN A SPECIAL SCHOOL PROGRAM ESTABLISHED IN 1963 FOR PREGNANT SCHOOL AGE GIRLS, INTERVIEWERS IN 1965 OBTAINED INFORMATION FROM 109 GIRLS WHO HAD ATTENDED THE PROGRAM IN ITS FIRST YEAR, 123 GIRLS WHO HAD BEEN REFERRED BUT HAD NOT ATTENDED, AND MOTHERS OF THE GIRLS. THE SPECIAL PROGRAM FOCUSED ON PRENATAL MEDICAL CARE, ARRANGEMENT FOR CHILD CARE, ATTITUDES TOWARD LOVE AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, AND WEIGHT CONTROL AND NUTRITION. IN THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION 142 GIRLS ATTENDED OUT OF 541 REFERRALS. ALMOST ALL WERE NEGRO, AGED 13 THROUGH 18, AND THE MAJORITY WERE NOT MARRIED AT THE TIME OF THE BABY'S BIRTH. DATA INDICATED THAT GIRLS IN THE SPECIAL PROGRAM WERE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE LIKELY (P IS LESS THAN .001) TO CONTINUE WITH REGULAR SCHOOL THAN WERE PREGNANT GIRLS NOT IN THE PROGRAM. MOST OF THE GIRLS WHO ATTENDED THE SPECIAL PROGRAM RETURNED TO REGULAR SCHOOL AFTER THE BABY'S BIRTH AND, IF THEY DROPPED OUT, DID SO SOMETIME AFTERWARD, WHEREAS THIS WAS THE CASE WITH ONLY A LITTLE OVER A FOURTH OF THE NONSPECIAL PROGRAM GROUP (P IS LESS THAN .001). THE MORE SUPPORT A GIRL HAD (SELF, FRIENDS, FAMILY), THE MORE LIKELY SHE WAS TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL (P IS LESS THAN .01 FOR SPECIAL PROGRAM GIRLS, P IS LESS THAN .05 FOR NONSPECIAL PROGRAM GIRLS). GIRLS IN THE SPECIAL PROGRAM WERE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS LIKELY (P IS LESS THAN .001) TO HAVE HAD ANOTHER BABY OR TO BE PREGNANT AGAIN BY THE TIME THEY WERE INTERVIEWED. IN REDUCING ADDITONAL PREGNANCIES, THE SPECIAL PROGRAM HAD A GREATER EFFECT UPON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS, THE GROUP FROM WHICH THE MAJORITY OF NEW CHILDREN CAME, THAN UPON HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS (P IS LESS THAN .05 FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS AND LESS THAN .01 FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS). GIRLS WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY LESS LIKELY (P = .05) TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD OR BE PREGNANT AGAIN IF THEY LIVED IN AN UNBROKEN FAMILY AND ATTENDED THE SPECIAL PROGRAM. AMONG THE NONSPECIAL PROGRAM GIRLS, IT MADE NO STATISTICAL DIFFERENCE WHETHER OR NOT THE FAMILY WAS BROKEN. INCLUDED ARE 59 TABLES PRESENTING DATA AND THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS USED. (DF)
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
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