ERIC Number: ED402517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-30
Longitudinal Evaluation of the Brighter Futures Program. Final Report.
Emihovich, Catherine; Davis, Terry
This report provides information on the longitudinal evaluation of the Brighter Futures program in Florida, a teen pregnancy prevention program which created support groups for mothers age 16 and younger in order to prevent their having second pregnancies. Other program goals were to ensure that the girls finish high school and plan for a career, that they increase their self-esteem, and that they improve their social and leadership skills. The follow-up evaluation plan was based on a longitudinal design. Two sample populations (N=12) were identified and comparative data obtained on program effects during the first year after program termination. Data were collected by re-administering tests used in the first evaluation report, interviewing girls on a protocol form used in other evaluative studies, and by collecting data on the girl's GPA and school attendance. Discussion involved an evaluation of the program's effectiveness relative to its goals, and recommendations for future programs. It was concluded that the Brighter Futures program was an integral component in an effective model of community collaboration designed to address the problem of teen pregnancy in low income communities where young women were at-risk for early pregnancy and subsequent school failure. Contains 15 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Florida Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: N/A