ERIC Number: ED349510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Expenditures and Investments: Adolescent Pregnancy in the South.
Schlitt, John J.
An analysis of Southern states' policies, programs, and funding related to adolescent pregnancy was conducted for the purpose of assessing the role of the states in stimulating prevention initiatives. Specific states included were Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Information and funding estimates for state-sponsored primary prevention initiatives from state education, health, and human service administrators were requested. A data analysis indicated that in contrast to the $5.7 billion expended to serve families begun by adolescents, the $110 million investment of state and federal dollars toward programs designed to prevent pregnancies among adolescents seems minuscule. The region's largest investment in preventing unintended pregnancies among adolescents, i.e., family planning, represents only 1% of the region's total public expenditures related to adolescent childbearing. For every dollar spent on adolescent pregnancy prevention programs, only two cents are directed toward primary prevention. This inequity reflects a societal conflict; there is agreement that a problem exists but not agreement on how to resolve it. As a consequence support for public adolescent pregnancy prevention programs is minimal. The challenge remains for state governments to carry out the complicated role of prescribing solutions, all the while providing the flexibility and support to help localities determine their particular needs. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Center on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Washington, DC.