ERIC Number: ED287124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
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GRADS--A Program That Works for Pregnant Teens and Adolescent Parents.
GRADS (Graduation, Reality, and Dual Role Skills) is a vocational home economics in-school, secondary program for pregnant students and/or young parents. Curriculum for the program, designed to keep students in school until graduation, includes positive prenatal and postnatal care; child development and parenting education; and goal setting toward combining roles of parent, employee, and student. The GRADS instructional program provides individualized instruction, counseling, and networking for each student. This report describes the GRADS program; gives a portrait of an adolescent parent; discusses medical implications of pregnancy for adolescents; and examines economic, social, and emotional implications of being pregnant and of becoming a parent. It notes that, as a result of the GRADS program in Lawrence County, Ohio, there has been a reduction in the school dropout rate for pregnant girls and young fathers. The dropout rate of 12% for the 1,281 students enrolled in the 1984-85 GRADS program is compared to a national dropout rate of 80% for adolescent parents. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (10th, Lincoln, NE, May 13-15, 1987).