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ERIC Number: ED534866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
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What Works for Disadvantaged and Adolescent Parent Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Programs and Interventions for Children. Fact Sheet. Publication #2012-19
Chrisler, Alison; Moore, Kristin A.
Child Trends
In 2010, the declining birth rate among teenagers in the United States reached an historic low, and since 1991, the rate has declined 44 percent. Though this trend is promising, 372,252 teens nevertheless became mothers in 2010. That same year, 41 percent of all births were to unmarried women. Moreover, in 2010, 15 percent of the U.S. population lived in poverty, as did 22 percent of children and 47 percent of children in single-mother families. These statistics underscore the association between single parenthood and childhood poverty; a significant body of research documents the negative implications of teen and non-marital parenthood for children and parents. Therefore, it is important to identify evidence-based parenting programs that focus on the well-being of youth parents and their children. This Fact Sheet reviews 20 parenting programs that are geared toward enhancing the parent's development and/or educating disadvantaged and teenage mothers on effective parenting methods. Each program was evaluated in a random-assignment study. Of the 11 programs that measured child outcomes, eight programs found at least one positive impact on a child outcome area. In addition, of the 19 programs that measured parent outcomes, ten programs found at least one positive impact on a parent outcome. (Contains 1 table and 53 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Stewart Trust; Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends
Identifiers - Location: United States