ERIC Number: ED142907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Improving Family Planning Services for Teenagers. Final Report and Executive Summary.
Urban and Rural Systems Associates, San Francisco, CA.
Although family planning clinics receiving some form of federal support constitute the major source of birth control for teenagers, they are not reaching large numbers of sexually active teens nor are they reaching them soon enough--especially those who are 14 and younger. In many cases they also fail to promote effective contraceptive use among those teens they do reach. Three "threshold" conditions exist which a clinic must meet in order to attract teens in the first place: (1) it must make sure teens know it is available to them; (2) it must guarantee confidentiality and anonymity; and (3) it must be affordable. Once these three conditions are met, other secondary factors influence teens to make an initial visit: location, ease of transportation, convenience of clinic hours, length of appointment wait, and ease of admission. Until a clinic meets the three threshold conditions, however, it will not attract large numbers of teenagers--unless it is in fact (or is perceived by teens to be) the only clinic available to them. These are among the findings of a survey on teenagers' use of contraception and other family planning services. A detailed description of the method of the study, as well as more information about its results, are given in the final report. A condensed version, including recommendations for action by the federal government, is given in the accompanying Executive Summary. (Author/BPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Urban and Rural Systems Associates, San Francisco, CA.