ERIC Number: ED285097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
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Teen Outreach: Data from the Second Year of a National Replication.
Teen Outreach is a school-based teenage pregnancy prevention program designed to decrease the incidence of teenage pregnancy and to increase the number of at-risk teenagers who successfully complete their high school education. Begun in 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri, Teen Outreach was implemented as a national replication study in 1983. There are currently over 50 Teen Outreach programs involving over 900 students in the United States and Canada. Teen Outreach monitors its success by using five behaviors as outcome measures (failure, suspension, dropping out of school, pregnancy, live birth). Each site completes common forms and recruits a comparison group of students. The results of the Teen Outreach evaluation in 1984-85 showed significantly fewer pregnancies among its students than among the comparison group. Teen Outreach students were also significantly less likely to have failing grades in school than were compariosn students. Among students in the 1985-86 program, three significant advantages appeared among Teen Outreach participants as compared with the comparison students: Teen Outreach students had fewer pregnancies, fewer live births, and a lower dropout rate. In 2 years of the national replication effort, Teen Outreach has been able to show significantly fewer pregnancies among its participants than among comparison students, and a reduced school drop-out rate. This latter advantage appears to persist even one year after exposure to the program. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: A program of the Association of Junior Leagues. Paper presented at the Annual Children's Defense Fund National Conference (Washington, DC, March 11-13, 1987).