ERIC Number: ED456172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Halfway There: A Prescription for Continued Progress in Preventing Teen Pregnancy.
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
This report offers findings and recommendations by the National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Nearly one million teens become pregnant annually. The teen birth rate increased 24 percent between 1986-91 and has fallen 20 percent since then. Overall, too many parents and adult leaders do not take a strong stand against teen pregnancy. Strident arguments over which strategy is better, sexual abstinence or contraceptive use, have led to a stalemate. Most adults and teens believe that teens should receive a strong message to abstain from sex until they are at least out of high school, though they also believe that sexually active teens should have access to contraception. Parents have an important influence on their teens' sexual decision making. Peer pressure and teens' perceptions of their peers' sexual behaviors also affect teens' behaviors. Community programs and the mass media can help reduce teen pregnancy. Multiple approaches to preventing teen pregnancy are needed to serve this country's diverse populations. Recommendations include increased commitment by policymakers to preventing teen pregnancy, more investment in research and dissemination by public and private funders, more parent engagement with adolescents, more teen involvement, mass media interventions, comprehensive school efforts, and community programs. (Contains 20 figures and 112 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Community Involvement, Contraception, Early Parenthood, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Pregnancy, Secondary Education, Sex Education, Sexuality
National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #200, Washington, DC 20036 ($5). Tel: 202-478-8500; Fax: 202-478-8588; e-mail: email@example.com;. Web site: http://www.teenpregnancy.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Target Stores/Dayton Hudson Corp.
Authoring Institution: National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Washington, DC.