ERIC Number: ED270675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Feminist Values.
Ortiz, Elizabeth T.
The problem of high rates of unwanted and unplanned adolescent pregnancy continues unchecked in the United States, with severe negative consequences for the young mothers, their children, and society. Prevention programs for teenage pregnancy have been less than effective. This study investigated the relationship between feminist values and teenage pregnancy prevention. High school women (N=409) identified as being at high risk for unwanted pregnancy were surveyed to determine their motivations, values, and aspirations. Strong support for feminist values was found, as was a relatively optimistic and hopeful group of young women. Analysis of variance showed a strong relationship between the holding of feminist values and positive (hopeful) scores on Beck's Hopelessness Scale. Based on these findings, two major thrusts in prevention program content are suggested which include the use of feminist content as a tool for building better self-concept in high-risk women and the teaching of assertive, self-interested, self-awareness aspects of feminist thinking. Seven feminist oriented programing areas in teenage pregnancy prevention are: (1) successful women role models; (2) paid work and volunteerism; (3) leadership experience; (4) self-awareness training; (5) problem solving skills training; (6) assertiveness training; and (7) values clarification. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For a related document, see CG 019 128.