ERIC Number: ED314677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Teenage Pregnancies in Rural America.
Two-thirds of all schools in the United States are rural and three-fourths are small. Statistically, most teenage parents are from such school systems. Yet the problem of teenage pregnancy is most frequently overlooked by rural and small school communities. In fact, some cultural factors and resource deficiencies of these communities actually facilitate early pregnancy. The emotional, educational, and medical effects of teenage parenting are particularly serious for our society as a whole. The problems involved with teenage parenting must be recognized and comprehensively and holistically addressed by our society. Solving these problems in sparsely populated rural communities that typically have conservative attitudes toward sex education is an exciting challenge. Comprehensive efforts designed to enhance student self-esteem and to provide sex education; career, health, academic and mental health counseling; and alternate social activities, and that facilitate parent-child communication will prevent most teenage pregnancies. These efforts will strengthen the physical, mental, and economic health of the rural community involved. The project planning and implementation process itself will strengthen the sense of community. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Rural and Small Schools Consortium, Bellingham, WA.