Assessment of teen pregnancy prevention interventions among middle school youth

Svetlana Yampolskaya, Eric C. Brown, Amy C. Vargo

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine outcomes for students enrolled in two teen pregnancy prevention programs: the Youth Asset Development Program (YADP); and the Postponing Sexual Involvement Program (PSIP) and identify possible areas for program refinement. The study design consisted of two sets of comparisons: (a) sixth-grade students who completed the PSIP versus the control school; and (b) the YMCA Success Centers where the YADP was introduced versus the control school. Two hundred thirty-seven students were selected to participate in the study. Students who participated in the prevention programs had significantly (p < .05) higher academic achievement, participation in school related activities, and enjoyed school much more than students from the control school. However, no statistically significant differences were found between program participants and the control group when they were compared on personal orientation and judgments about teenage parenthood. Implications for program modification and program effectiveness are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-83
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Program
  • School
  • Teenage Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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