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ERIC Number: EJ829886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
Helping Adolescent Mothers to Achieve in School: An Evaluation of the Taking Charge Group Intervention
Harris, Mary Beth; Franklin, Cynthia
Children & Schools, v31 n1 p27-34 Jan 2009
A school social worker and three social work interns in a semirural alternative high school with a predominant Hispanic student enrollment evaluated the Taking Charge group intervention. The group is an evidence-based life skills intervention for adolescent mothers, and it was evaluated on its efficacy for improving participants' school achievement. The evaluation used a quasi-experimental design with pretest and posttest. Nineteen young mothers participated in the Taking Charge group or the comparison group. Seventeen participants self-identified as Hispanic and two self-identified as white. Data from school records measured outcomes of school attendance and grade average. At posttest, the group that participated in the Taking Charge group had significantly better attendance and grade averages than did those in the comparison group. The Taking Charge group shows promise as an effective intervention for helping adolescent mothers achieve academically in this predominantly Hispanic school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A