ERIC Number: ED419052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Where Are the Adults? The Attitudes of Parents, Teachers, Clergy, Coaches, and Youth Workers on Teen Pregnancy. A Focus Group Report.
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
In 1997, the National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy convened nine focus groups of parents of teens and other adults who work with teens such as teachers, clergy, coaches, youth recreation specialists, youth-serving organization staff, and community outreach workers. This report publishes the results of these focus groups, which involved 57 parents and 26 other adults involved with teens in Baltimore (Maryland), Phoenix (Arizona), and Indianapolis (Indiana). In Phoenix, participants were primarily Hispanic, while in Baltimore, participants were primarily African-American. The Indianapolis groups were racially and ethnically mixed. Focus group participants agreed that teen pregnancy was just one of the many serious problems facing American teenagers, and that it is a problem that can be reduced but not completely prevented. Participants believed that teen pregnancy is inextricably intertwined with other issues teens face. They considered it a problem for teen parents, their families, and society alike. Although they thought that teens and their parents have the primary responsibility to prevent teen pregnancy, participants thought that schools, religious institutions, and community organizations have important roles to play in supporting parents. Participants also believed that barriers to teen pregnancy are as complex and intertwined as the causes. They believed that reducing teen pregnancy would require better communication between teens and adults, teens being taught how hard it is to raise a child, teens having meaningful activities to occupy their nonschool time, and the media stopping its bombardment of teens with messages that glorify sex and portray teen pregnancy unrealistically. Some messages in support of these goals are suggested. Appendixes include focus group specifications, the screening questionnaire, and the focus group discussion outline. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Note: Funding also received from the Summit Foundation.