ERIC Number: ED279959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Family Planning Teen Parent Advocate Program.
Gressman, John W.; Brandt, Cecilia
This paper presents a model for the development, implementation, and utilization of a health education, counseling, case management, and advocacy program for teenage parents. It describes the Teen Parent Advocate Program, a rurally based program designed to reduce the incidence of repeat teenage pregnancy, develop more effective contraceptive behaviors, improve infant and maternal health, develop effective parenting skills, and increase use of community resources. The paper discusses the use of a health educator to provide education information beginning while the teenagers are in obstetrical recovery. It notes that bi-weekly contact continues for a 3-month period, and includes telephone counseling and appointments as requested. An analysis of the adolescent participants in the program is presented. Utilization of referrals are evaluated. Education and counseling sessions with recurring themes for the teenagers, their partners, and their families are described. Outlines are included for program development, formal and informal service networks, program modifications, and program strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations and conclusions for program effectiveness conclude the paper. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Advocacy, Community Services, Contraception, Counseling Services, Early Parenthood, Family Planning, Health Education, Infants, Mothers, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Pregnancy, Program Effectiveness
Family Planning Services, 6 South Laurel Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (114th, Las Vegas, NV, September 28-October 2, 1986).