ERIC Number: ED426341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Teen Pregnancy. State and Federal Efforts To Implement Prevention Programs and Measure Their Effectiveness. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Teenage pregnancy and parenthood have unfortunate consequences for society, teenage mothers, and the children born to them. This report to the Senate is intended to provide information on (1) state strategies to reduce teen pregnancy and how states fund these efforts; (2) how welfare reform affected states' strategies; (3) the extent to which programs are evaluated; and (4) what teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) activities the federal government supports. The programs of eight states with longstanding TPP strategies are reviewed but not evaluated. These states have developed strategies involving numerous programs that fall into six areas: (1) sex education; (2) family planning services; (3) teen subsequent pregnancy prevention; (4) male involvement; (5) youth development; and (6) public awareness. States' strategies target a variety of groups and are implemented at the local level. Although most states report that federal funding is a major source of support, federal welfare reform has had limited effect on strategies. Few state assessments of programs adequately measure their effect on teen pregnancy, and too few programs are systematically evaluated. Appendixes are: (1) "Objectives, Scope, and Methodology"; and (2) "Selected Federal Agencies with Programs That May Impact Teen Pregnancy Prevention." (Contains 10 tables.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Early Parenthood, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Prevention, Unwed Mothers, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013; Tel: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061; TDD: 202-512-2537; Web site: http://www.gao.gov
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.