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ERIC Number: ED512818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
Science and Success: Science-Based Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections among Hispanics/Latinos
Alford, Sue, Comp.
Advocates for Youth
U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rates remain among the highest in the western world. And although Latina teens were the only group to experience a decline in birth rate between 2006 and 2007, they continue to experience the highest rates in most states and across the nation. About half of all Latina teens experience pregnancy before they reach their 20th birthday, compared to slightly less than one-third (31 percent) of all U.S. teenage women. Latinos are also affected by HIV and other STIs. In 2005, Latinos accounted for 17 percent of all new cases of HIV or AIDS diagnosed among U.S. teens; yet Latino teens account for less than 16 percent of all U.S. teens. In 2007, gonorrhea and chlamydia rates among Latina teens were 45 and 106 percent greater, respectively, than rates among their white female peers. Given the need to focus limited prevention resources on effective programs, Advocates for Youth undertook exhaustive reviews of existing research to compile a list of the programs that have been proven effective through rigorous evaluation at reducing adolescent sexual risk-taking. Advocates identified 26 programs that met its criteria for effectiveness. These programs and their evaluations are described in detail in Science and Success (2nd Edition). Of the 26 programs included in Science and Success (2nd Edition), 15 showed evidence of effectiveness with Latino participants. These 15 programs are described in this paper: (1) Cuidate!; (2) HIV Risk Reduction for African American and Latina Adolescent Women; (3) Poder Latino: A Community AIDS Prevention Program for Inner-City Latino Youth; (4) Safer Choices; (5) California's Adolescent Sibling Pregnancy Prevention Project; (6) Children's Aid Society--Carrera Program; (7) Project SAFE--Sexual Awareness for Everyone; (8) Adolescents Living Safely: AIDS Awareness, Attitudes and Actions; (9) AIDS Prevention for Adolescents in School; (10) Get Real about AIDS; (11) Postponing Sexual Involvement: Human Sexuality and Health Screening; (12) Reach for Health Community Youth Service; (13) Reducing the Risk; (14) Teen Outreach Program; and (15) TLC: Together Learning Choices. (Contains 2 tables.) [This document was written with the assistance from Tanya Gonzalez, Laura Davis, Debra Hauser, and Emily Bridges. This document is an excerpted version of the 2008 edition of "Science & Success: Sex Education and Other Programs that Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections".]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Youth
Identifiers - Location: California